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Unexplained Mysteries
The Story of Maths The Genius of the East
Africa the Greatest Show on Earth
The True Cost
Planet Ant Life inside the Colony
Capitalism A Love Story 2of 2
Darwin Struggle - The Evolution of the Origin of Species
The Arctic Ocean
Aliens: The Big Think
Raging Teens
Chemistry: Discovering the Elements
Addicted to Sexting
Bitter Lake
Game Over Kasparov and the Machine
The Magic of Mushrooms
Dawn of the Driverless Car
Clash of the Gods: Odysseus I
The Milky Way
Tales by Light Himalaya
Humpback Whale
Can We Make a Star on Earth
Wild South America: Lost Worlds
This Is It
Space Station
One Life on the Limit
Sex in Space
Ancient Rome: The Fall of Rome
How the Solar System was Made
Space Travel
Dynamic Salt
The Art of Persuasion
A Plastic Ocean
Reformation
Meditation Can It Change You
Next of Kin
The Fantastic Mr Feynman

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Great Cathedral Mystery
Great Cathedral Mystery 2014

The dome that crowns Florence's great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center." More than four million bricks could collapse at any moment -- and we still don't understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental "mini-Duomo" using period tools and techniques.

Category:Art  Duration:53:00   

Travels with Vasari 2
Travels with Vasari 2 2009

Andrew Graham-Dixon retraces Vasari's footsteps for this captivating two-part film in a short Art of Italy season. He's an enthusiastic guide, lapsing easily into Italian conversation with the custodians of galleries and chapels who allow him a private view. From Brunelleschi's Duomo in Florence to less familiar marvels - a Donatello sculpture; Masaccio frescoes - he illustrates how rapidly ideas developed. A final treat for him - and us - is a tour of the Vasari Corridor, a rarely accessed gallery that zigzags across the Florentine rooftops.

Category:Art  Duration:58:00   Series: Travels with Vasari

 
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