Picks and Pans Review: The Power of the Past with Bill Moyers: Florence

updated 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Art lovers, your ship just came in. This elucidating special celebrates the culture and artistry of Renaissance Florence. Moyers's gift has always been finding the right people to talk to, people who spin out ideas beautifully while he sits there and squints sagaciously. In this case, Americans Timothy Verdon, an art historian, and Sidney Alexander, an author, and Italians Frederico Zeri, an art historian, and Umberto Eco, the author, talk seductively of aesthetics and history.

You can see for yourself what a beautiful city Florence is today. But it's the words of Moyers's guests that give you a sense of what an extraordinary crucible of creativity it was half a millennium ago.

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