In 1966 BBC Television embarked on its most ambitious documentary series to date. The eminent art historian Lord Kenneth Clark was commissioned to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development.
The art DVD Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clark would be more than two years in the making, with filming in over 100 locations across 13 countries. The lavish art DVD series was hailed as a masterpiece when it was first transmitted in 1969.
From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Industrial Revolution and beyond, Clark's compelling narrative on this art history DVD is accompanied by breathtaking colour photography of Europe's greatest landmarks. This 'history of ideas as illustrated by art and music' remains the benchmark for the numerous programmes it inspired.
This art DVD set, which has four DVDs, includes a specially written 36-page illustrated booklet of viewing notes, and is one of many art DVDs available from the National Gallery.
DVD extras: Sir David Attenborough remembers the making of Civilisation and a photo gallery of behind-the-scenes stills.
Region 2 Format DVD
Europe, Japan, South Africa, Middle East (including Egypt)