Part of the "This Is Civilization" series. Industrialization in the 19th century, and the widespread human exploitation and personal alienation that characterized it, produced a crisis of faith and shook people's confidence in the very concept of civilization. Matthew Collings follows in the footsteps of John Ruskin, a social critic who interpreted the ills of his era and believed that art could salve-and perhaps even save-the soul. Spotlights J. M. W. Turner, William Morris, and the Pre-Raphaelites, along with locales particularly significant to Ruskin: the Alps, Venice, his beloved Lake District, and the blasted landscape of overindustrialized northern Britain. NOTE: Contains nudity. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.