Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Civilizations reveals the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introduce viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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Flights of Fancy


In December 1942, a Jewish teacher brings art supplies to children held by Nazis.

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Mondrian's New Visual Language


In the autumn of 1914, Mondrian had an epiphany that would bring true abstraction.

Art from Fiery Immolation


Some of the strongest contemporary art has the magical power of transformation.

The Multitudes of the Displaced


For artist Ai Weiwei, the calamity of our time is the disaster of the displaced.

Capturing Unspoiled Landscape


Thomas Cole regarded the US landscape as being what he called the undefiled work of Gods.

Manet Twists the Conventions of Art


Edouard Manet created a masterpiece famed as a masterclass in visual subversion.

George Catlin's Indian Portraits


Despite his interest in portraiture, Catlin he said the Native Americans must perish.