How Climate Changes Art

How Climate Changes Art

Art is made of natural materials. Stone. Pigment. Wood. Clay. Fibers. And metals. Even water, fog, and ice. And it’s also made of stuff that is seemingly less natural but still made from things we derive from the earth. Art is also notoriously difficult to preserve. We devote considerable resources to keeping a selection of

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

DR. STEVEN ZUCKER: We’re in Santa Maria della Grazie, in Milan, looking at Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. DR. BETH HARRIS: And we’re in the room where the monks would eat, their refectory, and so several times a day, the monks would come in there and eat silently, and be able to look up at

Art about Migration

Art about Migration

Migration is central to human experience. And by migration, I mean people moving from one place to another with the intention of settling either temporarily or for good. This is happening in our world right now, as we’re witnessing the highest levels of human movement on record. And it’s been happening since homo sapiens first

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

(piano music) Male voiceover: We’re in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, which has tremendous importance to Catholicism. This is where the Pope will lead mass, but perhaps most famously this is the room that the college of cardinals uses to decide the next Pope. Female voiceover: And every surface of this space is decorated,

Johannes Vermeer, The Art of Painting

Johannes Vermeer, The Art of Painting

(lively music) Steven: We’re in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and we’re looking at Johannes Vermeer’s The Art of Painting, which is a painting of a painter painting a painting. Beth: It is, indeed. He’s painting a model, who is going to transform into the Muse of History, so she is Clio. We can identify

How to recognize Baroque art

How to recognize Baroque art

(jazzy piano intro) – [Voiceover] How can you look at a painting or sculpture and know that it was made during the period that we call the Baroque? – [Voiceover] How do you recognize the Baroque style? Let’s start by looking at this very important sculpture by Bernini of the Biblical story of David, who