For anyone interested in art, history, architechture, literature, or all of the above this is the series for you. Eminent art historian Sir Kenneth Clark brings his vast knowledge of the above subjects and amalgamates them togther to show us how all these different fields have helped to shape and define western civilisation. What does a painting made in 1500 have to do with life today? Alot. In this series you'll learn how artists through the centuries have been at the forefront of social commentary of their time and how that commentary and ideas they brought into the public conscience have shaped not only their own world but the world we presently live in. Cicero said "To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain always a child." Civilisation shows us that what happened in our past does matter, and in terms of art and arhitechture it has had a lasting effect on western civilisation and will continue to for aslong as our civilisation remains.