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Treasures of Ancient Greece ep. 2

Alastair Sooke unpicks the reasons behind the dazzling revolution that gave birth to classical Greek art, asking how the Greeks got so good so quickly. He travels to the beautiful Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, and to the island of Mozia to see the astonishing charioteer found there in 1979, and marvels at the athletic bodies of the warriors dragged from the seabed - the Riace Bronzes.        Treasures of Ancient Greece ep. 2 - The Classical…

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Read more about the article Romancing the Stone – The Golden Ages of British Sculpture episode 2
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Romancing the Stone – The Golden Ages of British Sculpture episode 2

By the middle of the 18th century, Britain was in possession of a vast empire. It required a new way of seeing ourselves and so we turned to the statues of ancient Greece and Rome to project the secular power and glory of the British Empire.     The Golden Ages of British Sculpture episode 2 - Mavericks of Empire   The message was clear: Britain was the new Rome, our generals and politicians on a par with the heroes…

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Read more about the article Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific episode 3 – New Zealand
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Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific episode 3 – New Zealand

Concluding the series on the clash between the West and Pacific peoples and cultures, James Fox explores how New Zealand's indigenous Maori people resisted colonisation and marginalisation and maintained their distinctive culture, so much so that it is now an integral part of modern New Zealand.     He encounters some of the greatest works of Maori carving, from the exquisitely painted paddles given to Captain Cook, to works by one of the great masters of Maori art, Tene Waitere,…

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Read more about the article Treasures of Ancient Greece ep. 1
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Treasures of Ancient Greece ep. 1

In the first episode Alastair Sooke explores the surprising roots of Greek art, beginning his journey in Crete at the palace of Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur. He travels to Santorini to the 'Greek Pompeii', and finds gold in the fabled stronghold of Mycenae and dazzling remains from Greece's Dark Ages.     Treasures of Ancient Greece ep. 1 - The Age of Heroes   Alastair discovers the beginnings of a defining spirit in Greek art, embracing mythology, a passion…

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Read more about the article Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific episode 2 – Polynesia
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Oceans Apart: Art and the Pacific episode 2 – Polynesia

Continuing his exploration of the collision of the West and Pacific culture, James Fox explores how, ever since Captain Cook's voyages 250 years ago, the West has created a myth of Polynesia as paradise and, in doing so, destroyed the riches of indigenous culture.     He travels across the Pacific to uncover the sites and masterpieces of pre-contact Polynesian art, from the religious complex Taputapuatea on the island of Raiatea to the feathered 'Ku' heads from Hawaii, testament to…

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