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Rick Steves’ Europe: Art of the Roman Empire

Season 12 Episode 1204 | 25m 19s

With its vast empire, ancient Rome gave Europe its first common culture. From England to Turkey, we explore the greatest Roman cities, marveling at their over-the-top art, soaring aqueducts, and crowd-pleasing theaters. As Rome fell, saints replaced Caesars and Christianity filled the vacuum with art-filled churches—preserving the grandeur of imperial Rome and inspiring the Europe to come.

Aired: 09/30/23
Distributed nationally by American Public Television
Extras
Appraisal: Union Porcelain Works Pieces, ca. 1879
Appraisal: 1963 Arthur Kern 'Torso' Mixed-media Painting
Appraisal: Cartier Art Deco Match Safe, ca. 1925
Appraisal: 1995 Muhammad Ali-signed Tablecloth
Appraisal: Tiffany & Co. Sapphire & Diamond Ring, ca. 1925
Appraisal: KPM 'The Hermit' Porcelain Plaque, ca. 1900
Appraisal: Gorham Sterling Silver Polar Bear Ice Pick, ca. 1870
Appraisal: Jean Harlow-signed Photo, ca. 1930
Appraisal: 1969 George Rodrigue 'House in Washington' Oil
Appraisal: F. Douglass Letter & Free Will Baptist Church Archive
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Early Europeans produce diverse art: from Christians to Muslims and Byzantines to Vikings.
Soaring Gothic cathedrals of radiant stained glass, plus art celebrating worldly pleasure.
Rome’s rise, as seen in its supersized monuments, colorful mosaics, and marble Caesars.
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.
Florence’s bold “rebirth” is powered by the genius of Leonardo, Rafael, and Michelangelo.
The turbulent century and its rule-breaking art—Picasso, Surrealism and edgy architecture.
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