James Stourton’s biography of Kenneth Clark offers insights into a life riddled with paradox

‘What makes the West unique are not recent phenomena, such as modern technology, but cultural factors which had been at work long before modernisation began some two centuries ago’

The presenter the BBC chooses to remake Kenneth Clark’s seminal series has a tough act to follow

‘Under the dictatorship of relativism, culture has often been debased to mean almost anything’

‘It is true that certain faiths, ideologies and cultures make submission the supreme virtue, while the civilisation that emerged from Athens, Rome and Jerusalem has cherished liberty in all its forms’