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The First Christianity
Grand Canyon Adventure
20,000 Days on Earth
Deep Sea
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Wild Russia: Siberia
Hide and Seek. Forests
First Position
What Makes a Terrorist
The Magic of Mushrooms
Planet Earth II Cities
David Bowie: Starman
Art of Eternity: Painting Paradise
The Search for Freedom
Kingdom of the Desert
Neanderthal Apocalypse
Mars, the Red Planet
Race for Absolute Zero
How Did We Get... Here
Waltz With Bashir
Viva Vercingetorix
Silk Roads and China Ships
Video Games: The Movie
Fascination Coral Reef
Vice: Killer Kids
Alien Planets Revealed
Van Gogh
Upgrade
Unlocking the Great Pyramid
The Roof of the World
Blood Of The Vikings: Last of the Vikings
Unafraid of the Dark
Roger Waters The Wall
Do You See What I See
Travels with Vasari 1
Travellers Tales

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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

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   

 
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