Civilizations | PBS & BBC

May 3, 2018

Tuesdays May 8 - May 15, 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale.

Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Programs reveal the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity, and illumination across cultures.

May 8 | Civilizations: Encounters

See how advances in seafaring and a thirst for trade and exploration sent human beings around the planet. Distant and disparate cultures met for the first time, and art became the great interface by which civilizations understood each other.

May 15 | Civilizations: Renaissances 

Travel east and west to explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires that experienced their own cultural flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries. Both spheres were open to influences flowing both ways.