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The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Galapagos: Islands that Changed the World
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Art of Eternity: Painting Paradise
American Serengeti
The Invisible Universe
The Mission Begins
Return to Jurassic Park
The Challenger
Dirty Wars
Workingman Death
Sea Monsters
Just Do It
What Happened Before the Beginning
Do We Live in the Matrix
The Cell: The Hidden Kingdom
Island of Lemurs Madagascar
Triumph of Life: The Four Billion Year War
Earthflight Europe
Ocean Deep
Prediction By The Numbers
Cooked: Air
Video Games: The Movie
Iceman Reborn
The God Delusion
The Search for a New Earth
The Human Face of Big Data
St Valentine Day Massacre
Nature Microworlds: Galapagos
Planet Earth II Deserts
Honshu
Birth of the Earth
One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
Requiem for the American Dream
Blue Planet II Coasts
The Language of Science

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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

The Queen of Sheba
The Queen of Sheba 2005

The Queen of Sheba - an exotic and mysterious woman of power - is immortalised in the world's great religious works, among them the Hebrew Bible and the Muslim Koran. She also appears in Turkish and Persian painting, in Kabbalistic treatises, and in medieval Christian mystical works, where she is viewed as the embodiment of Divine Wisdom and a foreteller of the cult of the Holy Cross. In Africa and Arabia her tale is still told to this day and, indeed, her tale has been told and retold in many lands for nearly 3,000 years.

Category:History  Duration:60:00   Series: Myths and Heroes

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

 
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