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Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Programs reveal the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures.

See Paradise on Earth Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. on KCTS 9


Season 1
Episode 9
Explore art in the age of revolution, war and profound scientific change and consider the...
Season 1
Episode 8
Examine the rise and fall of “progress” as an ideology, and see how the “civilizing”...
Season 1
Episode 7
Explore the story of light and color in art - both in the search for greater realism and...
Season 1
Episode 6
Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape...
Season 1
Episode 5
Travel east and west to explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy...
Season 1
Episode 4
See how advances in seafaring and a thirst for trade and exploration sent human beings...
Season 1
Episode 3
Trace the relationship between religion and art, which has inspired some of the most...
Season 1
Episode 2
Explore the many functions of the human image in art. Portraits, paintings and sculptures...
Season 1
Episode 1
Examine the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity...


Explore Africa's Great Civilizations with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., from the birth of humank