16 episodes

Have you ever wondered about the visual remains of past centuries that still survive in our cities and countryside today? Are you baffled by modern art? This collection provides you with insights into different aspects of art and visual culture between the Middle Ages and the present day. You will discover the wonders of medieval stained glass and learn how East meets West in a Byzantine icon. You will be introduced to the splendours of Baroque architecture and be taken on a tour of a spectacular display of Neo-classical sculpture in an English country house. And you will find out about a key movement in modern art, Abstract Expressionism, and take a look at some iconic works in Tate Modern. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Modern - for iPod/iPhone The Open University

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Have you ever wondered about the visual remains of past centuries that still survive in our cities and countryside today? Are you baffled by modern art? This collection provides you with insights into different aspects of art and visual culture between the Middle Ages and the present day. You will discover the wonders of medieval stained glass and learn how East meets West in a Byzantine icon. You will be introduced to the splendours of Baroque architecture and be taken on a tour of a spectacular display of Neo-classical sculpture in an English country house. And you will find out about a key movement in modern art, Abstract Expressionism, and take a look at some iconic works in Tate Modern. This material forms part of The Open University course A226 Exploring art and visual culture.

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    Stained glass

    Stained glass

    People once thought stained glass windows were “the bible of the poor”, but looking more closely at their function reveals something far more endearingly human.

    • 16 min
    Transcript -- Stained glass

    Transcript -- Stained glass

    People once thought stained glass windows were “the bible of the poor”, but looking more closely at their function reveals something far more endearingly human.

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    Unraveling an icon

    Unraveling an icon

    Experts reveal the hidden history and cross-cultural complexity of the icon “St George and the Boy from Mytilini” in London’s British Museum.

    • 17 min
    Transcript -- Unraveling an icon

    Transcript -- Unraveling an icon

    Experts reveal the hidden history and cross-cultural complexity of the icon “St George and the Boy from Mytilini” in London’s British Museum.

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    Christ Church Spitalfields

    Christ Church Spitalfields

    This film looks at the urban development of Spitalfields, London, revealing the artistic and political messages encoded in Hawksmoor’s monumental church.

    • 11 min
    Transcript -- Christ Church Spitalfields

    Transcript -- Christ Church Spitalfields

    This film looks at the urban development of Spitalfields, London, revealing the artistic and political messages encoded in Hawksmoor’s monumental church.

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