This informative DVD series features the great masterpieces of architecture, sculpture, and painting. In addition to exploring formal and stylistic aspects of each epoch, great importance is devoted to revealing the thoughts and ideas that have formed the basis of art throughout the ages.
The Art of the Ancient Greeks & The Art of the Ancient Romans — This DVD includes two complete programs examining the masterworks of the antiquity. The first program explores the portrayal of humanity as a central artistic theme of the Ancient Greeks — reflected in the representations of their gods and even in the proportions of their temples. Selected masterpieces of Greek sculpture cast light upon the Archaic period, the Classical period, and Hellenism. The second program explores Roman art first and foremost as architectural art, demonstrating the power and pretensions of a world power. It shows the daring, innovative functional buildings constructed by Roman engineers and architects — their tremendous theaters, thermae, and circus buildings. It also describes the role of the Emperor, his elevation by impressive portrayals of power, and the private world of the Romans as expressed through their luxury villas. DVD. 110 minutes.
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