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PBS: Civilizations

In March 2018, BBC 2 launched Civilizations, a documentary series that seeks to "[tell] the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day - for the first time on a global scale." The series, (hosted by art historian Simon Schama, classicist Mary Beard, and historian David Olusoga) was inspired by Kenneth Clark's 1969 documentary film series Civilization, which traced the history of primarily European Art from the medieval period to the twentieth century. As of this write-up, interested viewers can stream the first four episodes of this series, courtesy of PBS and BBC, on the PBS website. The first of these episodes, "The Second Moment of Creation," discusses some of the earliest known artworks in the world, including the rock paintings in the Drakensburg Mountains in South Africa and the stone-carved architecture in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. Other episodes investigate the historical intersections of religion and art ("God and Art") and the impact of cultural encounters on art history ("Encounters"). On the PBS website, these episodes are accompanied by a number of related resources, including interactive options that allow visitors to explore specific works of art in greater detail.
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May 18th, 2018
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May 14th, 2018 at 3:23pm
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