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Air Date: Sat, Oct 29, 2022 8:00 PM
In the 1600s and 1700s, the art of "divine" kings and popes — and of revolutionaries and Reformers — tells the story of a Europe in transition. In the Catholic south, Baroque bubbled over with fanciful decoration and exuberant emotion. In the Protestant north, art was more sober and austere. And in France, the excesses of godlike kings gave way to revolution, Napoleon, and cerebral Neoclassicism.
Air Date: Sat, Oct 22, 2022 8:00 PM
Around 1400, Europe rediscovered the aesthetics of ancient Greece and Rome. This rebirth of classical culture showed itself in the statues, paintings, and architecture of Florence, then spread to Spain, Holland, Germany, and beyond. The Renaissance — from art-loving popes to Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" and Michelangelo's "David" — celebrated humanism and revolutionized how we think about our world.
Air Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2022 8:00 PM
After Rome fell, Europe spent a thousand years in its Middle Ages. Its art shows how the light of civilization flickered in monasteries and on Europe's fringes: Christian Byzantium, Moorish Spain, and pagan Vikings. Then, around A.D. 1000, Europe rebounded. The High Middle Ages brought majestic castles, radiant Gothic cathedrals, and exquisite art that dazzled the faithful and the secular alike.
Air Date: Sat, Oct 8, 2022 8:00 PM
The Romans gave Europe its first taste of a common culture — and awe-inspiring art. From its groundbreaking architecture to its statues, mosaics, and frescos, Rome engineered bigger and better than anyone before. At its peak, the Roman Empire was a society of unprecedented luxury, with colossal arenas for entertaining the masses and giant monuments to egotistical emperors. And then it fell.
Air Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2022 8:00 PM
As the Ice Age glaciers melted, European civilization was born — and with it, so was art. From the Stone Age came prehistoric art: mysterious tombs, mighty megaliths, and vivid cave paintings. Then the Egyptians and the Greeks laid the foundations of Western art — creating a world of magical gods, massive pyramids, sun-splashed temples, and ever-more-lifelike statues.
Air Date: Sat, Nov 20, 2021 8:00 PM
In this one-hour special, Rick Steves travels across the Alps with scenic train rides, breathtaking lifts, majestic glaciers, and unforgettable hikes.
Air Date: Sat, Mar 6, 2021 8:30 PM
All aboard! Enjoy this unforgettable voyage with Rick Steves as he tours four of Europe's most intriguing and surprising islands: Malta, Capri, Orkney, and Skye. We'll island-hop to remote beaches, Crusader castles, a Blue Grotto, prehistoric wonders, and salty traditional island lifestyles.
Air Date: Sat, Mar 6, 2021 7:00 PM
Rick Stevesʻ European Easter celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. From ancient rituals of woolly beasts scaring winter away in Slovenia, elegant masked carnival parties in Venice to crowds that fill St. Peter’s Square in Rome and more, explore the rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale - in this program.
Air Date: Fri, Feb 26, 2021 7:00 PM
In this special, it's party time in Europe. In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Joining Rick, we drop in on the Continent’s top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals.
Air Date: Sat, Oct 3, 2020 8:00 PM
Travel expert Rick Steves sails beyond Europe for a one-hour special, Egypt: Yesterday and Today. Join Steves for an exploration of historic and cultural wonders, including the teeming metropolis of Cairo, the fabled city of Alexandria and the glories of the pharaohs in Luxor. He also brings viewers into a wonderland of back lanes and shops, meeting artisans, craft makers and vendors.
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