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Read more about the article The French Revolution: Tearing up History
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The French Revolution: Tearing up History

A journey through the dramatic and destructive years of the French Revolution, telling its history in a way not seen before - through the extraordinary story of its art. Our guide through this turbulent decade is the constantly surprising Dr Richard Clay, an art historian who has spent his life decoding the symbols of power and authority.     Dr Clay has always been fascinated by vandalism and iconoclasm, and believes much of the untold story of the French Revolution…

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Read more about the article The Treasures of Ancient Rome [ 3 parts]
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The Treasures of Ancient Rome [ 3 parts]

Alastair Sooke takes an in-depth look at the art of the Roman Empire. The Romans were brilliant engineers and soldiers, but what isn't as well known is that they also gave us wonderful artistic treasures. Treasures of Ancient Rome part 1     In this three-part series, Alastair Sooke argues that the old-fashioned view that the Romans didn't do art is nonsense. He traces how the Romans during the Republic went from being art thieves and copycats to pioneering a…

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Read more about the article Johannes Vermeer, Beyond Time
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Johannes Vermeer, Beyond Time

Plunge into Johannes Vermeer world and rediscover this enigmatic master. One of the best known yet most mysterious painters of all time, he astonishingly ended up in oblivion. His work, reflecting everyday life in the 17th Century, has gained international recognition, despite only 37 paintings left behind. But who was this man, always portrayed as a solitary, who remained anonymous in his own day?     Discover the world of Vermeer, at times of economic boom and creative frenzy, in…

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Great Art: Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art, but despite its popularity, the painting itself is surrounded by mystery. Who was this girl, why and how was it painted, and why is it so revered? This film takes us on a journey through the masterpieces of the extensively-renovated Mauritshuis in The Hague in the Netherlands to try to answer many of the questions surrounding this enigmatic painting and…

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Great Art: Rembrandt

Great Art: Rembrandt - Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but a once-in-a-lifetime show at London's National Gallery and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum that took 15 years to prepare was remarkable. With exclusive and privileged access to both galleries, this film documents this landmark exhibition while interweaving Rembrandt's life story with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world-famous institutions. To many Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived, and this film seeks to explore the truth.     Great Art Rembrandt - Early…

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