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This award-winning BBC series, Private Life of a Masterpiece, reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world.
The works of art featured here are both instantly familiar and profoundly mysterious. Revolutionary in their conception, and iconic years after their execution, they each have their own compelling stories. For behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures are tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence.
The artists and works included in this collection are:
Renaissance Masterpieces - Sandro Botticelli: La Primavera; Paolo Uccello: The Battle of San Romano; Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper; Piero della Francesca: The Resurrection.
Seventeenth Century Masters - Rembrandt van Rijn: The Night Watch; Johannes Vermeer: The Art of Painting; Diego Velazquez: The Rokeby Venus.
Masterpieces 1800 to 1850 - Francisco Goya: The Third of May 1808; Eugene Delacroix: Liberty Leading the People; Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave.
Masterpieces 1851 to 1900 - Edouard Manet: Le Dï¿½jeuner Sur L'Herbe; James McNeill Whistler: Portrait of the Artistï¿½s Mother; Edvard Munch: The Scream.
Impressionism and the Post Impressionists - Auguste Renoir: Dance at the Moulin de la Galette; Vincent Van Gogh: The Sunflowers; Georges Seurat: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte 1884.
Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century - Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon; Gustav Klimt: The Kiss; Salvador Dali: Christ of St. John of the Cross.
Masterpieces of Sculpture - Michelangelo: David; Edgar Degas: Little Dancer Aged 14; Auguste Rodin: The Kiss. In this fascinating series key works of art are investigated and the intricate details of their lives revealed - the history, contemporary reactions, and legacies of each are illustrated.
An informative and insightful series in which iconic works of art are extensively researched, focussing on the history, contemporary reactions and legacies of each piece.
Going beyond the Who, When, and Where of great art to address the all-important Why, this remarkable series firmly sets each of ten of the world's greatest masterpieces within the vibrant context of its times. A good deal of How is included as well, as X-ray analysis and 3-D reconstructions expand on the narratives - and solve long-unexplained riddles - by revealing details that could not otherwise be seen. And behind it all is valuable commentary by leading art historians, artists, art critics, and other specialists. Many images of other significant works are included throughout. Original BBCW broadcast title: The Private Life of a Masterpiece.
The Night Watch, Rembrandt’s painting of a group of part-time soldiers setting out on parade, is perhaps one of the
world’s greatest group portraits. It rivets all who come to see it and, in its own country, it has the status of a national
symbol. Private Life Of A Masterpiece tells the biography of the painting, from its conception in 1642 to its position
today as the supreme painting in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
However, the painting is not actually the picture Rembrandt intended people to see. There are bits missing. The
programme discloses its mutilation and the attacks upon it.
Militiamen had the job of maintaining law and order on Amsterdam’s streets but, by the time ofThe Night Watch, the
job had become largely ceremonial. A group of militiaman, the Kloveniers, commissioned Rembrandt to do a collective
portrait. Such paintings were typical, but usually just dull lines of faces. However, Rembrandt took this genre and
produced, instead, an extraordinary picture full of movement and life. Using experts and X-rays, the programme
shows in great detail how Rembrandt achieved his fantastic results.
The Night Watch was quickly recognised as a great achievement and became a symbol of the new Dutch nation.
However, that did not prevent an extraordinary act of vandalism taking place. Some 70 years after it was painted, it
was moved to a new hall and, finding it did not fit, the new owners simply sliced off sections of the painting, most
notably a large section on the left. Since then, it has been attacked twice.
The programme includes contributions from American authority on Rembrandt, Garry Schwarz, and art critic
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