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Great Art: Michelangelo – Love and Death

The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this Renaissance genius, and who was this ambitious and passionate man? A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo's artistry is evident in everything that he touched. Spanning his 89 years, this episode takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo.  …

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Read more about the article Great Art : The Impressionists and the Man who Made them
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Great Art : The Impressionists and the Man who Made them

The Impressionists and the Man who Made them: Monet, Cezanne, Degas and Renoir are some of the world's most popular artists. Their works, and that of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. Who were they and how exactly did they paint? To help answer these questions, this film focuses on the man credited with inventing impressionism as we know it - 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel.     It was his brave decision to…

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Read more about the article Great Art : Canaletto and the Art of Venice
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Great Art : Canaletto and the Art of Venice

Great Art is introduced by curator and broadcaster Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of The Royal Academy of Arts, and features a host of eminent art experts, providing the perfect guides to history's artistic greats. The series is adapted (edited) from full-length films originally released in cinemas under Exhibition on Screen and broadcast on Sky Arts.     Canaletto and the Art of Venice We start with an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice's famous view-painter Canaletto. The…

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Read more about the article Leonardo da Vinci: The Restoration of the Century
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Leonardo da Vinci: The Restoration of the Century

The restoration of Leonardo da Vinci final masterpiece, 'The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne' was completed and exhibited in the Louvre in March 2012. Viewers and critics were astounded by its new life and luminosity, allowing details to be seen again for the first time in 500 years. Nevertheless, the pain-staking restoration process caused ructions and controversy amongst the panel of international experts and the restorer chosen to undertake the work.     Leonardo da Vinci's 'Virgin and Child…

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The Genius of Turner

A film that looks at the genius of JMW Turner in a new light. There is more to Turner than his sublime landscapes - he also painted machines, science, technology and industry.     Turner's life spans the Industrial Revolution, he witnessed it as it unfolded, and he painted it. In the process he created a whole new kind of art. The programme examines nine key Turner paintings and shows how we should rethink them in the light of the…

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