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Civilisation: The Worship of Nature / Civilisation: The Fallacies of Hope

The Worship of Nature: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the late 1700's and the 1800's which were characterized by a romantic belief in the divinity of nature as evidenced in the work of Rousseau, Goethe, and Wordsworth and in the paintings of Constable, Casper David Friedrich, and William Turner. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min. The Fallacies of Hope: Surveys the development of Western civilization during the late 1700's and 1800's when the dreams of advancing mankind through reason and moderation met with disappointment. Includes examples from the works of Byron, Gericault, Delacroix, Rodin, and Beethoven. c1970. Hosted by Kenneth Clark. 52 min.