In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style, a work of art from a great master. He concentrates not just on the art... See full summary »
Nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale. It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark's ... See full summary »
Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »
Christianity slowly emerged from being a persecuted minority to the state religion of the Roman Empire. This episode is a history of the ways believers grappled with a way to depict Jesus. ... See full summary »
This 4 part series describes the various artists, their style, their likes and travails of the day. Introduced by an amusing Waldemar Januzczak in an easy to watch production. Each part has... See full summary »
The definitive documentary on the New York School Painters. Featuring footage of all the major figures of the New York Art Scene between 1940-1970, showing many of the artists before they became famous.
Emile de Antonio
Willem de Kooning
Manet is one of the main candidates for the title of the most important artist that ever lived. As the father of Impressionism he can be accused of inventing modern art. But his story is deeper than imagined.
Great documentary featuring Dali, Picasso, Matisse and Warhol
Nice BBC series presented by Alastair Sooke, the Jamie Oliver of art. For sure a must see for all those enjoying art.
Sooke's thesis is that far from being remote and elitist, the influence of the great 20th- century artists – Picasso, Matisse, Dalí and Warhol – is everywhere in our multimedia world, from car design and children's books to the crassest celebrity magazines. In the case of his first subject, Andy Warhol, you might think this a case that hardly needed making.
As Sooke jetted into Warhol's hometown of Pittsburgh in a rock video whirl of music and fast-cutting, the show appeared to pander to the modern world's attention deficit- prone, celebrity obsession in a way that seemed neither ironic or directly related to Warhol's own preoccupation with fame. Yet all was not what it seemed. Sooke knows his art history, and talking about paintings to camera he homed unerringly in on the essentials. Heading off into the Pittsburgh tenements in which Warhol grew up, meeting the now elderly people who gave Warhol his first breaks as a shy, tweed-jacketed commercial artist in 1950s New York, the show gave a far fuller sense of Warhol the man than many more supposedly high-flown efforts. (The Telegraph)
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