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.

Around the World in 80 Gardens
This is a ten-part BBC documentary series presented by British gardener Monty Don, taking us on a journey to the world's 80 most inspiring gardens.

Monty Don's Italian Gardens
This is a four-part BBC documentary presented by Monty Don, following Monty Don's grand garden tour around Italy, from the retreats of the affluent north to the horticultural gems of the south.

Monty Don's French Gardens
This is a three-part BBC documentary series hosted by Monty Don, telling the stories about some of the most famous and interesting gardens in France.

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
This is a four-hour documentary by Ric Burns about pop artist Andy Warhol. It is narrated by Laurie Anderson and explores his astonishing output from the late 1940s to his death in 1987.

The Genius of Photography
This is a BBC documentary series exploring the history of photography, from the earliest days of the photograph in the 1840s to the first decade of the 21st century.

The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn
This is a BBC documentary series narrated by Veronika Hyks, examining philanthropist Albert Kahn's Archives of the Planet - an attempt to document all aspects of human life on earth in the early 20th century.

The Life of a Photograph
Veteran National Geographic photographer Sam Abell offers a look inside the heart and mind of a master photographer.

Metamorphose: M. C. Escher, 1898-1972
The Art Gallery in the Desert, the Silk Road crew go to the Gobi Desert and look around the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang.

Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth
This is a three-part BBC documentary series presented by Michael Scott, telling the story of Athens in the ancient world by exploring the sources of Greek drama and the development of the theatre.

Playing Shakespeare
This is a series of master classes with Director John Barton and a group of the leading actors of the day, considering the art and technique of acting in Shakespeare's plays.

The Romantics
Peter Ackroyd explores the turbulent story of the pioneers of modern imagination: their private pleasures, personal dreams and political passions.

Italy Unpacked
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli, traveling through Italy exploring the country's history, culture, food, art and landscape.

Sicily Unpacked
This is a three-part BBC documentary series hosted by Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli, taking us on a journey around Sicily.

Leonardo da Vinci (BBC documentary)
This is a three-part BBC documentary series telling the life story of Leonardo da Vinci who was not only a great artist, but also a great inventor, engineer and anatomist.

The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the Medici family transformed Florence through sculpture, painting and architecture and created a world where masterpieces fetch millions today.

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