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Landmarks of Western Art

Landmarks of Western Art is a six-part documentary series that provides a comprehensive record of the greatest achievements in the history of western art from the medieval era to the post-impressionist world. Each program of the series looks at artists and their work of an era in the history of Western art: Late Medieval World, Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo to Revolution, Romanticism, and Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. From Botticelli to Van Gogh, these entertaining programs combine the latest computer graphics with all-new footage from the galleries of the world.

Episode 1 - The Late Medieval World
During the long years of the Dark Ages, the flickering flame of art was kept alive principally by the church. This episode features the work of Masaccio, Uccello, van Eyck, Giotto, and Botticelli.

Episode 2 - The Renaissance
The Renaissance marked the rediscovery and reintroduction into the art world of the techniques and inspirations that had been lost since the classical era. This episode features the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Holbein and Michelangelo.

Episode 3 - The Baroque
Once the world of art had rediscovered the power to create great works, new limits of realism and expression were found. This episode features the work of Velazquez, Caravaggio, Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Rubens.

Episode 4 - From Rococo to Revolution
Following the development of non-secular art in the seventeenth century, the world of art in the eighteenth century assumed a more decorative role with a greater emphasis on pastoral themes. This episode features the work of Watteau, Boucher, Hogarth, Gainsborough and Reynolds.

Episode 5 - Romanticism
As the strict classical disciplines of the eighteenth century began to fade, two very different movements came to prominence: from Constable and Turner influenced by nature, through to the stirring works of Goya and Gericault.

Episode 6 - Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
Never was a world so completely turned upside down as with the arrival of the Impressionist School. Cezanne, Seurat and Manet all produced inspirational yet controversial works which completely revolutionized thinking in the world of art.


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