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Raphael: A Sensitive Genius

Raphael: A Sensitive Genius

Raphael: A Sensitive Genius – Raphael, one of the most outstanding artists of the Italian Renaissance, has left an indelible mark on the world of art. Yet, he is often overshadowed by his contemporaries Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Five hundred years after his death, a documentary aims to reintroduce this sensitive genius to the world. The documentary, guided by

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Simon Schama's History of Now episode 3

Simon Schama’s History of Now episode 3

Simon Schama’s History of Now episode 3: Simon Schama examines how Charlie Chaplin and Ayn Rand created different visions of postwar America, while Rachel Carson drew attention to the destruction of the natural world. After the Second World War, there were deep divisions in America about how to move forward. Should it be a social democracy, in which a benevolent

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Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 10 - Wassily Kandinsky

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 10 – Wassily Kandinsky

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 10 – Wassily Kandinsky: The roots of “Colourful Life” (1907), just like those of Vassily Kandinsky himself, were firmly anchored in age-old Russian soil. And yet the painting contains all the elements that were to accompany the painter in the greatest revolution in the history of art: the leap into abstraction.This documentary examines Kandinsky’s

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Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 9 - Eugene Delacroix

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 9 – Eugene Delacroix

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 9 – Eugene Delacroix: As the war of colonization raged in Algeria, Eugene Delacroix was the first French artist to cross the Mediterranean. The naturalism of “Women of Algiers in Their Apartment,” painted in 1834, takes us into the calm and simplicity of a harem as Delacroix saw it with his own eyes. This

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Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 8 - Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 8 – Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 8 – Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun: As the French Revolution approached, Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun painted the queen’s portrait in an attempt to win back public opinion. This documentary examines the historical and social context in which “Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine-Habsbourg, Queen of France and Her Children” was painted. It analyzes the work’s composition

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Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 7 - Francois Clouet

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 7 – Francois Clouet

Smart Secrets of Great Paintings episode 7 – Francois Clouet: “A Lady in Her Bath” (circa 1571), by Francois Clouet, bears witness to a period in which the pleasure of the senses and the spirit were caught up in religious conflict. It gave rise to the despotic canons of beauty. Official painter to Charles IX, Francois Clouet is considered the

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