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The Obama Deception
Last Human Standing
Free to Play
The French Revolution: Tearing Up History
The Gatekeepers
Penguin Shores
Earth: Venus Evil Twin
Frozen Planet: Autumn
God and the Universe
Prediction By The Numbers
Operation Condor
Foreigners in their Own Land
Across the Hindu Kush
Amazing Africa
Beyond the Big Bang
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
Life: Plants
Cooked: Fire
Lack of Humility
Ice Age Giants: Land of the Sabre-Tooth
Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World
In Search of Beethoven II
First Position
The Last Reef
To Fly or Not to Fly
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Dinosaurs Alive
The Private Life of Plants Living Together
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
The Clash of Titans
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
Edison
Deep Sea
The Quasar Enigma
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
George Harrison Living in the Material World 1 of 2

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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

Bernini
Bernini 2006

Born in Naples, Bernini was an exceptional talent from an early age and went on to dominate the art world of 17th century Rome. His work epitomised the Baroque style and his sculpture, church interiors and exteriors and town planning could be seen everywhere. Bernini worked under successive Popes; Pope Gregory XV made him a knight and Pope Urban VIII made him as his best friend. He was revered in his time until a jealous rage caused him to have the face of his mistress slashed after discovering her romance with his brother. His reputation fell further after his bell towers for the Cathedral of St Peter's started cracking in 1641. He redeemed himself and kick started his career again with what is arguably his most famous work, The Ecstasy of St Theresa, in 1652.

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

 
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