Many artists have tried to re-shape society, using art as a tool for propaganda and protest, to bring about social change, and to improve people’s lives. But can art really make a difference? And where would we be without it?
In the third Garden talk in his series exploring the biggest questions in art, James Fox travels through the history of art, from Renaissance Florence to Nazi Germany, from the trenches of the First World War to the mountains of New Zealand to ask the following questions: Can art change the course of history? Can it change our lives? And where would we, and society, be without it?
James is an art historian at the University of Cambridge, as well as a curator, award-winning broadcaster and the best-selling author of The World According To Colour.
Art's Biggest Questions