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Rick Steves’ Europe: Art of the High Middle Ages

Season 12 Episode 1206 | 25m 36s

As Europe passed A.D. 1000, its growing prosperity was reflected in soaring Gothic cathedrals graced with colorful altarpieces, lacy stonework, and radiant stained glass. We visit luxurious castles to see exquisite tapestries showing a new secular love of worldly pleasures and, end in Italy, where pioneering artists like Giotto were mastering realism and pointing the way to the future of art.

Aired: 09/30/23 | Expires: 01/03/24
Distributed nationally by American Public Television
Extras
Appraisal: Panerai Radiomir with Rolex Movement, ca. 1942
Appraisal: 1969 George Rodrigue 'House in Washington' Oil
Appraisal: F. Douglass Letter & Free Will Baptist Church Archive
Appraisal: 1978 Baltimore Colts Joe Washington Game-used Jersey
Appraisal: Art Smith 'Modernette' Cuff Bracelet, ca. 1945
Appraisal: Regency Mahogany Metamorphic Library Steps, ca. 1800
Appraisal: Cartier Art Deco Match Safe, ca. 1925
Appraisal: 1995 Muhammad Ali-signed Tablecloth
Appraisal: Tiffany & Co. Sapphire & Diamond Ring, ca. 1925
Appraisal: Gorham Sterling Silver Polar Bear Ice Pick, ca. 1870
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Greece’s timeless art: Golden Age temples, alluring Venuses, and exuberant Winged Victory.
We marvel at Stone Age cave paintings, mighty megaliths, and mysterious goddesses.
Early Europeans produce diverse art: from Christians to Muslims and Byzantines to Vikings.
The grand cities of ancient Rome’s vast empire and majestic churches of its fall.
Rome’s rise, as seen in its supersized monuments, colorful mosaics, and marble Caesars.
The turbulent century and its rule-breaking art—Picasso, Surrealism and edgy architecture.
Shimmering Impressionist canvases by Monet and Renoir, plus Van Gogh, Gauguin and more.
Florence’s bold “rebirth” is powered by the genius of Leonardo, Rafael, and Michelangelo.
From Portugal to Germany, booming economies and new technologies produce exquisite art.
We marvel at Baroque’s over-the-top churches, palaces, bubbly fountains, and theatric art.