New York, NY, September 01, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Great Epochs of European Art 4 DVD Set Filmed Entirely on Location Debuts on DVD September 28
Kultur announces the DVD release of the first two episodes of the new ten-episode art series, The Great Epochs of European Art. The four DVD set will be $59.99.
The Art of the Ancient Greeks
The portrayal of humanity is the central theme of Greek art. The gods of the Greeks appear in human form. It is the human form that sets all standards. Even the Greek temple reflects human law and proportion. It is a three-dimensional work of art. Selected masterpieces of Greek sculpture cast light upon the three great Epochs - the Archaic period, the Classical period and Hellenism.
The Art of the Romans
Roman art is first and foremost architectural art, demonstrating the power and pretensions of a world power. The film shows the daring, innovative functional buildings constructed by Roman engineers and architects and their tremendous theatres, 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, their luxury villas which became little enclaves of Greek civilization.
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
This film shows selected masterpieces from this epoch of religious art: the early Christian basilicas of Ravenna with their unique mosaic ornamentation, the dome construction and interior of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Cloister of St. Catherine in Sinai with its collection of rare icons, also mid and late Byzantine cruciform churches in Greece and Turkey. The film's central theme is the portrayal of the pantocrator, Christ as the new Ruler of the World, one of the most magnificent creations of Byzantine art which had endured for one and a half thousand years.
The restoration of the Roman Empire and the revival of Antiquity by Charlemagne heralded a new age, and was the source of European culture in the Middle Ages. The cloisters of the Benedictine Order were the creators of Romanesque art. Architecture and painting, sculpture, goldsmiths' art and liturgical utensils of this era - the sole purpose of their conception was to serve the church. Even the patronage of the Emperor was purely sacred - great church buildings, not castles, served the task of Imperial representation. In the construction of the Imperial Cathedrals Romanesque architecture expanded into new dimensions.
The birth of the Gothic cathedral in the Ile-de-France, in the heart of France, is the central theme of this film. During this epoch architecture devoted itself to the construction of cathedrals. Chartres is the best and most beautiful example - it conveys the entire art work of the cathedral with its portal sculpture, the glass windows, the interior and exterior. Here the Gothic system of architecture, the construction of pier buttresses and quadrant arches, is displayed in its full glory. The Gothic style expanded across the borders of France to Germany, England and Italy, with each country developing its own variations.
The Art of the Renaissance
Exemplary masterpieces of architecture, sculpture and painting, together with the great artistic personalities of the era illustrate the achievements and accomplishments of the Renaissance.
The Art of the Baroque Era
The vast complex of St. Peter's provided a magnificent setting for papal pomp and pageantry. In Bernini the Roman Catholic church found its virtuoso architect and sculptor. The Emperor in Vienna and the Kings and Princes in 17th century Europe also used the arts as a means of displaying their power.
The Art of Rococo
A new style emerged which was to characterize the epoch: the ornamental form of the rocaille became the leitmotiv of the Rococo, giving the epoch its name. The world of salons and sophisticated festivities, the lovely world of make-believe is reflected in the pictures of Watteau and Boucher.
The Art Of The 19th Century
This film's vast span ranges from Goya's "pinturas negras" to the light-flooded pictures of the Impressionists.
Selected masterpieces of Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Historicism and Impressionism illustrate the manifold and diverse phenomena of this most extensive epoch in architecture, sculpture and painting.
The Art Of The 20th Century
The break with tradition, the revolt against the traditional concept of art and the search for new horizons, paths and forms are the focal points of this film.
It was in the avant-garde currents of the new art trends - Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism and Constructivism - at the beginning of this century that the foundations for contemporary art were laid.
Street Date September 28, 2010
Run Time: 8.5 Hours
Territory: U.S. and Canada--Region 1
More information on this release and other Kultur DVDs can be found online at www.kultur.com
Contact for Further Information:
Kultur International Films