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Space Station
The Age of Aging
FLOW For Love of Water
Collapse
Champs
The Obama Deception
Human Universe: What is our Future
Homo Interneticus
Wild South America: Lost Worlds
The Survivors
Last Human Standing
Beyond the Darkness
Children 404
The Power of Doubt
Congo
The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System
The Day Pictures Were Born
Cold War 2.0
Falling
Caravaggio
The Art of Persuasion
The French Revolution: Tearing Up History
More Human Than Human
Japan at War
Hot Girls Wanted
Is Seeing Believing
HyperNormalisation
Raging Teens
Samurai Sword
Evolutions: The Walking Whale
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Tiny Giants
Journey to Space
The Wall
The Story of India: Beginnings
Frozen Planet: To the Ends of the Earth

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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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