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Whale Killer
What the Health
Beyond the Darkness
Factories of Death
How to Make Money Selling Drugs
Swallowed by a Black Hole
Deliver Us from Drought
Monster we met: The End of Eden
Conquest of the Skies The first to flight
Ivory Tower
Planet Earth II Islands
Legends of Flight
Evolutions: The Walking Whale
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Human Universe: What is our Future
Enigma Man
To Fly or Not to Fly
Top Science Stories of 2017
Hidden Kingdoms: Under Open Skies
Upgrade
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Is Gun Crime a Virus
Astrobiology
A Winning Design
Great Cathedral Mystery
David Attenborough Meets President Obama
Sea of Cortez
Who is God
Fear
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
The True Cost
Can Time Go Backwards
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
The Mediterranean Sea
Project Nim
Magnificent Desolation Walking 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

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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