We learn so much about history through Kultur. The DVD company has upped our IQ even further with two new releases. That's the naked truth.
The Victorian Nude: Empire of the Nude Get your mind out of the gutter. The era of Queen Victoria, who sat on the British throne from 1837-1901, is always held to have been one of extreme prudishness and propriety. Yet it was the artists of the time who created, from scratch, a tradition of the nude in British art. How did the Victorians square this with their moral anxiety? This documentary explores the development of the genre in Britain, placing it in the social and historical context of the day and giving a fascinating insight into the mores and psyche of a bygone age.
Coptic Egypt: 2000 Years of Christianity The Copts, the native Christian community of Egypt, have a culture, a language and a church with ancient roots. Having survived Roman persecution and Byzantine rule, they have co-existed with Islam for 14 centuries. This program visits two of the oldest desert monasteries in Egypt to observe religious practices and a way of life that have changed remarkably little since the beginnings of Coptic Christianity. It also explores the religion’s iconography and the art, artifacts and textiles it has inspired.