Judge David Johnson entered the Age of Light last week. He achieved full enlightenment and earned a small trophy and a Dairy Queen gift card.
The extraordinary art of an overlooked era.
Fewer historical ages get the old shaft more than the Dark Ages. But, as argued by Waldemar Januszczak, writer, filmmaker and art critic, this much-maligned period was actually a rather robust generator of aesthetics. Four hour-long productions make up the series:
• "The Clash of the Gods"
• "What the Barbarians Did for Us"
• "The Wonder of Islam"
• "The Men of the North"
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light offers up a good dose of art history. Januszczak loves this stuff obviously—and has a soft spot for barbarians apparently—and is genuinely jazzed about both the history and the subject matter. For some reason, the camera guy decided to follow him while filming, creating an awkward situation where Januszczak is constantly craning to talk. Speaks to the guy's enthusiasm to keep rolling through. The fact that he gets to hang around some gorgeous vistas while dropping his knowledge helps too.
Not guilty. Artsy without the fartsy.
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