Learn Through Videos: Arts

This is a collection of links to educational videos about artists and arts, which are made for a general audience. The videos listed in this collection include lectures and documentary films about artists, visual arts, architecture, performing arts, and art history. They explore hundreds of different paintings and sculptures; look at why humans developed imagery or visual art and how visual art has influenced society; trace the story of music from the ancient world to the modern day; show how elements such as melody, rhythm, and texture create an infinite variety of sounds; explore beautiful and precious man-made objects in the world; and explore the history of photography. And also they tell stories about the lives and works of great artists.

Treasures of Ancient Rome
This is a three-part documentary series presented by Alastair Sooke, taking an in-depth look at the art of the Roman Empire.

The Museum
This is a 10-part BBC documentary series narrated by Ian McMillan that goes behind the scenes at the British Museum.

Treasures of the Louvre
Paris-based writer Andrew Hussey travels through the glorious art and surprising history of an extraordinary French institution to show that the story of the Louvre is the story of France.

Ancient Megastructures
This is a National Geographic documentary series discovering the secrets of revolutionary structures in ancient megastructures.

Architectures (ARTE documentary)
This is a documentary series produced by ARTE, looking at architecture and its historical and social functions to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity.

Secrets of the Parthenon
With unprecedented access, this film unravels the architectural and engineering mysteries of this celebrated ancient temple.

Byzantium: The Lost Empire
This is a four-part documentary series narrated by John Romer, telling the glory and history of the ancient, legendary empire of Byzantium.

The Art of Eternity
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, about early Christian art from the third century AD to the early years of the fourteenth century.

Baroque! From St. Peter's to St. Paul's
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Waldemar Januszczak, exploring the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Baroque period.

Design Rules
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, exploring the perceptions and facts of true design.

Design for Life
This is a BBC documentary series hosted by Philippe Starck, about 12 talented would-be designers to battle for the chance to win a six month placement at his design agency in Paris.

This is a documentary film directed by Gary Hustwit, about industrial design, product design, and our relationship with the manufactured objects that surround us.

The Genius of Design
This is a BBC documentary series narrated by Denis Lawson, exploring the history of design, from the birth of industrial design to today.

Great Minds of Design
This is a six-part CBC documentary series hosted by Sarah Hall and Patty Johnson and Trevor McIvor, following designers through their unique processes of creation.

This film looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

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