Super power of all super powers.
Poetry, war and the invention of law and propaganda.
The lost faces of the ancient world.
Three dynasties birth Chinese art and philosophy.
A mysteriously happy people at the fringes of the classical world
Roads, Plumbing, High Culture = Empire.
When India held the largest economy in the world for 1500 years
The proliferation of Christian art
Religion, feudalism and lots of gold leaf.
Persia brings a wealth of art, poetry, and mysticism to Islam.
When you don't paint people, things get beautifully, powerfully decorative.
Wolves among sheep
The God-kings and stone cities of Cambodia
The race for height
Finding the sublime in nature's power.
Cultural rebirth though intellectual inquiry
How Humanism beats down Feudalism with the printing press
Religion and the laws of perspective.
Power, sophistication, luxury and might.
Tension, distortion and ice-cold style
The drama of deep color and shadow
Art, culture, and NO OUTSIDERS.
Benevolent emperors and the height of literature and art.
"Dare to know! Have courage to use your own reason!"
The best truth is secret truth
Opulent, playful embrace of the ornate — 18th century swag.
Classical imagery, democratic ideals, and the bloody hands of change.
Allegory, craft, and the unrelenting dictatorship of the Academy.
Artistic revolt against the Age of Enlightenment
An American fraternity of mountain worshipers
Nature's pencil: light!
A small village in France, a gathering of artists.
Emo teenagers drag art back to the future.
Truth, accuracy, and the absence of personal bias
Light and movement as the crux of human perception
The end of feudalism begins with the search for knowledge.
Beyond nature, toward emotional simplicity.
Tradition be damned.
A mystic search for meaning and psychological truth.
Out with the old, in with the sexy.
"To every age its art. To art its freedom."
"A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public"
A more authentic, anxious, and grotesque reality
Blood, speed and violence.
"We only wanted to express what was in us..."
Taking refuge in the square.
Dada is anti-dada!
The art of the perfectly straight line
Art should only serve society.
Art created without reason, aesthetics or morality.
It is not a picture, it is an event.
Recipe for a prosperous life: make the emperor look good
Portraits of power — east and west