Civilizations surveys the history of art, from antiquity to the present, revealing the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity, and introducing viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity and illumination across cultures.

Tonight, explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it's a projection of dreams, idylls, escapes and refuges—the elusive paradise on earth.

Watch Civilizations: Paradise on Earth tonight at 8pm on WGBH 2.