Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Civilizations reveals the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures.
The Second Moment of Creation
Tuesday, April 17, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 Again
Wednesday, April 25, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
Seventy thousand years ago, the first known examples of humans expressing themselves creatively were simple, abstract etchings. Over tens of thousands of years, this impulse evolved into painted and sculpted depictions of the animal world…and eventually of the human form itself.
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How Do We Look?
Tuesday, April 24, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, May 2, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
From the Terracotta Army of China to the Colossi of Ramses II in Egypt, the human form has been a dominant subject for artists throughout history. Each civilization and era, however, sees the meaning of this art differently.
God and Art
Tuesday, May 1, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, May 9, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
Spiritual devotion has inspired some of the most spectacular works of art the world has ever seen, raising challenging questions about the relationship between humans, the divine and the act of creating.
Tuesday, May 8, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, May 16, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
As the technological advances of the late 15th century sent human beings around the planet further and faster than ever before, distant and disparate cultures began to meet for the first time. As a result, art became the great interface by which civilizations judged and understood each other, and continues to be a potent force in shaping our increasingly globalized world.
Tuesday, May 15, at 8pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, May 23, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
The burst of artistic advancement known as the Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries was not confined to Italy and Europe; at this same time, the Islamic Empires were experiencing their own explosion of creativity, with artists in the east and west competing with and influencing each other.
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