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Monkey Kingdom
Dawn Of Humanity
Do You Know What Time It Is
Why Islamic State expands so quickly
Edge of Space
The Trouble with Space Junk
R.E.M. by MTV
The Atlantic
Requiem for the American Dream
King Arthur
The Definitive History of Star Wars
Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
Frozen Planet: Autumn
Dawg Fight
The Hunt The Hardest Challenge
Frozen Planet: To the Ends of the Earth
Blackfish
The Brain: Mind Control
Sea of Cortez
The Cove
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Dream and Machine
Fascination Coral Reef
Solving the Secrets
Legends of Flight
Intimate Relations
Flowering
London: The Modern Babylon
The Private Life of Plants Living Together
The Private Life of Plants: Travelling
Sea Monsters
Quantum Computing
Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
First Celts
Living on the Moon

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Caravaggio
Caravaggio 2006

Caravaggio's approach to painting was unconventional. He avoided the standard method of making copies of old sculptures and instead took the more direct approach of painting directly onto canvas without drawing first. He also used people from the street as his models. His dramatic painting was enhanced with intense and theatrical lighting. Caravaggio's fate was sealed when he killed a man in a duel in 1606. He fled to Naples where he attempted to paint his way out of trouble, he became a Knight, but was then imprisoned in Malta and then finally moved to Sicily. He was pardoned for murder in 1610, but died of a fever when attempting to return to Rome. For me the power of Caravaggio's art is the power of truth, not least the truth about ourselves. If we are ever to hope for redemption we have to start from the recognition that the Goliath competes with the David in all of us."

Category:Art  Duration:60:00   Series: Power of Art

The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art  2008

Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the Medici family transformed Florence through sculpture, painting and architecture and created a world where masterpieces fetch millions today. Without the money and patronage of the Medici we might never have heard of artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo or Botticelli, and Graham-Dixon examines how a family of shadowy, corrupt businessmen, driven by greed and ambition, became the financial engine behind the Italian Renaissance.

Category:Art  Duration:58:25   

Art of Spain: The Dark Heart
Art of Spain: The Dark Heart 2008

Graham-Dixon journeys to the country’s scorched centre to explore Spanish art of the 16th and 17th centuries. From the mystical world of El Greco to the tender genius of Velazquez, this was a moment so extraordinary it became known as the Golden Age. But beneath the glittering surface was a dark and savage heart. Travelling from the architectural jewel of Toledo to majestic Madrid, Andrew Graham-Dixon traces the rise and fall of the Spanish Empire, the brutal conquest of the New World, and the religious madness of the Inquisition, to discover how a history so violent could produce some of the most beautiful art ever seen.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: Art of Spain

Dream and Machine
Dream and Machine 2010

Andrew Graham-Dixon continues his exploration of German art by looking at the tumultuous 19th and early 20th centuries, and how artists were at the forefront of Germany's drive to become a single nation. Andrew travels to the north and the coastal town of Griefswald, the birthplace of Caspar David Friedrich, the most influential of the German Romantics, to discover how the Baltic coast impacted his mysterious paintings of the German landscape. He also visits Berlin and explores the art of the powerful Prussian state, which would spearhead the unification of Germany in 1871. The episode ends with the outbreak of World War I and the attempts of the artists Franz Marc and Otto Dix to rationalise the catastrophic experiences of the world's first technological war, a war driven by the Prussian innovations.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: The Art of Germany

 
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