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Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
The Last Reef
The Wall
The Two Thousand Year Old Computer
Last  Killers
Escape to Europe and Cycle of Terror
Walking with Cavemen: Savage Family
Among Believers
Art of Spain: The Moorish South
Mars: the New Evidence
The Queen of Sheba
Enemy of the Senate
Is Everything We Know about the Universe Wrong
Why Does Evil Exist
Waltz With Bashir
Apeman - Spaceman
Playing God
The Hawking Paradox
Food Choices
Amazing Africa
What Happened Before The Big Bang
The 21st Century Race for Space
Arabia
Is Poverty Genetic
Conquest of the Skies The first to flight
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
WWII In 3D
The Age of Revolution
Monkey Kingdom
We Are Legion The Story of the Hacktivists
Know Your Mushrooms
Deep Sea
The Most Dangerous Place in the Universe
Ebola: The Search for a Cure
Basketball Diplomacy
Earth: Venus Evil Twin

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The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land 2010

Andrew Graham-Dixon begins his exploration of German art by looking at the rich and often neglected art of the German middle ages and Renaissance. He visits the towering cathedral of Cologne, a place which encapsulates the varied and often contradictory character of German art. In Munch he gets to grips with the earliest paintings of the Northern Renaissance, the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer and the cosmic visions of the painter Albrecht Altdorfer. Andrew also embarks on a tour of the Bavarian countryside, discovering some of the little-known treasures of German limewood sculpture.

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

The Beauty of Maps: Medieval Maps
The Beauty of Maps: Medieval Maps 2010

This documentary series charting the visual appeal and historical meaning of maps. The Hereford Mappa Mundi, the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world, its ambition to picture all of human knowledge in a single image is breathtaking. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life, featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe, and the infamous 'monstrous races' which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the Earth.

Category:Art  Duration:28:49   Series: The Beauty of Maps

Art of Spain: The Moorish South
Art of Spain: The Moorish South 2008

Travelling from the unique Muslim contribution in the medieval south, Andrew Graham-Dixon immerses himself in true Spanish culture and meets the people who live and work with this artistic legacy. He looks at Muslim political and cultural influence as he travels from Cordoba to Granada, seeing classic buildings such as the Great Mosque in Cordoba, the Alcazar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada. He also shows how the Moors introduced new foods – including citrus fruits, coffee and spices

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

Van Gogh
Van Gogh 2006

Born in Groot-Zundert, The Netherlands, Van Gogh spent his early life as an art dealer, teacher and preacher in England, Holland and Belgium. His period as an artist began in 1881 when he chose to study art in Brussels, starting with watercolours and moving quickly on to oils. The French countryside was a major influence on his life and his early work was dominated by sombre, earthy colours depicting peasant workers, the most famous of which is The Potato Eaters, 1885. It was during Van Gogh's studies in Paris (1886-8) that he developed the individual style of brushwork and use of colour that made his name. In 1888 he moved to Arles where the Provençal landscape provided his best-known subject matter. However, it also marked the start of his mental crisis following an argument with his contemporary Paul Gauguin. Van Gogh was committed to a mental asylum in 1889 where he continued to paint, but he committed suicide in 1890.

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

 
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