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The course unit is the last of the block of four which introduces the course. The aim of the introduction is to raise questions about the relationship between historical events, technological and social organisation on one side and intellectual, artistic, musical and literary developments on the other. The main speaker in this accompanying television programme is Robert Erskine, the well-known collector and broadcaster, who talks about the distinction between the fine ant- useful arts both in the past and today. He considers how valid this distinction is and some of its implications. The programme centres around objects from the near and distant past and there are some fine examples of prehistoric and primitive art, Egyptian and Greek pottery. The programme is introduced by the author of the correspondence text, Professor Arnold Kettle.
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Module code and title: A100, Humanities: a foundation course
Item code: A100; 04
First transmission date: 03-02-1971
Published: 1971
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Duration: 00:24:15
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Producer: Mary Hoskins
Contributors: Robert Erskine; Arnold Kettle
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Art; Art objects
Footage description: Introduction by Arnold Kettle. He discusses the differences, if any, between "fine" and "useful" art. He introduces Robert Erskine. Erskine continues the discussion using several pieces of "art" to illustrate his points re. these examples representative of "fine art", "useful art", or can distinctions be drawn. Shots of Ancient Egyptian drinking pot. Middle palaeolithic flint hand axe. Palaeolithic cave painting from Altamira, Spain, Barga figure of goddess Nimba. Cycladic figurine of c.2000 B.C. Crucifix by Cimabue, Greek mixing pot with frieze painted by Sophilcs (580 B.C.) This is one of the earliest known signed paintings. Erskine continues the discussion. He concludes that a distinction between "fine" and "useful" arts cannot usefully be drawn.
Master spool number: 6HT/10051
Production number: 00520_1303
Videofinder number: 1550
Available to public: no