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Great Artists episode 6 – Goya

Goya Goya has often been described as the last of the great old masters and the first of the new. He painted sublime portraits of the Spanish royal court and celebratory pictures of the good life in Spain.     But he also produced some of the most harrowing images of human cruelty ever created, an unflinching vision that set him apart from almost any other painter in history. Tim Marlow explores works such as the Naked Maja, the Disasters…

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Read more about the article Great Artists episode 5 – Stubbs
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Great Artists episode 5 – Stubbs

Stubbs George Stubbs is the greatest painter of horses who ever lived, but so much more than that - a man who literally dissected his subject before he felt able to paint it. But Stubbs was no dispassionate observer instead he brought a weight of feeling to his work that sometimes makes the spine tingle.     Stubbs’ great triumph is Whistlejacket, a portrait of a horse without a background that concentrates the eye on the beautifully observed body of…

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Stealing Van Gogh

Stealing Van Gogh: Andrew Graham-Dixon confronts the worlds of high art and seriously organised crime to uncover the true story behind the greatest art heist of the 21st century. In December 2002, two priceless and historically important paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, in a brutal and audacious robbery by experienced, professional thieves.     But what happened to the masterpieces, and what is their use to criminals who can never sell or display them on…

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Australia’s Lost Impressionist

Australia's Lost Impressionist: a new beautifully crafted documentary film reveals the close relationships and influence enjoyed by Australia’s lost impressionist, John Russell, within the French avant-garde in the late 1880s.     Artist, John Peter Russell (1858-1930), was considered locally at home in his day as being handsome, independently wealthy through an inheritance, as well as decidedly debonair. He joined the ranks of those both local and from afar, who travelled overseas to steep themselves not only in the artistic…

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Read more about the article Great Artists episode 4 – Caravaggio
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Great Artists episode 4 – Caravaggio

Caravaggio Of all the great artists, Caravaggio seems to speak most intensely to the modern world. He lived a brief and tumultuous life, mocking authority and even murdering a man; he spent four years on the run, a fugitive from justice, but he always painted, bringing religious art to life in paintings so powerful and naturalistic that some saw them as miracles in themselves.     In the programme Tim Marlow looks at paintings such as The Musicians, a melancholy…

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