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Hagia Sophia - Istanbul's Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Whether serving as Christian church, Islamic mosque, or secular museum, Hagia Sophia and its soaring dome have inspired reverence and awe. For 800 years, it was the largest enclosed building in the world--the Statue of Liberty can fit beneath its…
The Ghost Army
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During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable…
Secrets of the Parthenon
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
For 25 centuries the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, almost destroyed by explosion, and disfigured by well-meaning renovations. It has gone from temple, to church, to mosque, to munitions dump.…
Frederick Law Olmsted - Designing America
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Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art - in fact, with Calvert Vaux he virtually created that profession. Olmsted was also, far and away, the most eminent and successful…
Great Cathedral Mystery
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore--the Duomo--is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth after more than six centuries, it is taller…
The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United…
Transatlantic Sessions - Best of Folk
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Recorded in the Scottish Highlands,Transatlantic Sessions brings together 28 stellar artists from North America, Scotland and Ireland to perform these twelve folk favorites, old and new. From the splendid old hunting lodge of Glenlyon to the bonnie banks of Loch…
Colosseum - Roman Death Trap
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
The Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power and cruelty. Its graceful lines and harmonious proportions concealed a highly efficient design and advanced construction methods that made hundreds of arches out of 100,000 tons of stone. In its elliptical…
10 Parks that Changed America
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10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. From the…
10 Buildings That Changed America
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10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. From American architectural stalwarts like Louis Sullivan and…
John Portman - A Life of Building
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Once considered a maverick for challenging industry standards--and shunned by the American Institute of Architects--John Portman is now recognized as one of the most innovative and imitated architects of his time. With the Atlanta Hyatt Regency in 1967, Portman defied…
Pedro E. Guerrero - A Photographer's Journey
Part of the Series: American Masters
PBS
The American Masters series and Latino Public Broadcasting's VOCES series join forces for the first time to explore the life and work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero (September 5, 1917 - September 13, 2012), a Mexican American, born and raised…
The First Silent Night
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Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of the song Silent Night that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances ends with the world's most popular carol. Simon…
William Kentridge: Anything is Possible - A South African Artist
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Rich in visual imagery and music, this program gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and process of William Kentridge, the South African artist whose acclaimed charcoal drawings, animations, video installations, shadow plays, mechanical puppets, tapestries, sculptures, live performance…
Craft in America Series
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Craft in America explores the vitality, history and significance of the craft movement in the United States and its impact on our nation's rich cultural heritage. Capturing the beauty, creativity and originality of craftsmanship, the film highlights artists and explores…
3 videos
Ken Burns' American Lives - Frank Lloyd Wright
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Frank Lloyd Wright tells the story of the greatest of all American architects. Wright was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world by creating everything anew. Over the course of his long…
2 videos
Art Index TV
Art Index TV is a compelling, informative and engaging television series of half hour shows about contemporary art. Art Index TV places contemporary art in context, demystifies and illuminates its creative process, and articulates the ways in which it impacts…
7 videos
Cool Spaces - Unique Architecture in the United States
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This series profiles the most provocative and innovative public space architecture in North America. Each hour-long episode is organized around a central theme--Performance Spaces, Libraries, Art Spaces, and Healing Spaces--and profiles three buildings. For each building, we see why it…
4 videos
The Nude in Art with Tim Marlow
Art expert Tim Marlow presents a four-part series exploring the nude in art. This comprehensive and illuminating series charts the portrayal of the naked body throughout history from Classical times through the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to the Modern Era.…
4 videos
I, Caesar Collection
Detailing the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, I, Caesar takes a fascinating look at the public and private lives of six key men who ruled ancient Rome: Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Hadrian, Constantine and Justinian. Their careers were…
6 videos