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A behind the scenes look at the National Gallery, London. The National Gallery, London, houses one of the finest collections of western art in the world. In this extraordinary series, Neil MacGregor, Director of the National Gallery, takes viewers on a special behind-the-scenes tour. Making Masterpieces features close-up--even x-ray--views of works by Holbein, Rembrandt, Renoir, and other masters.
Encompassing centuries of great art, six beautifully illustrated programs trace the evolution of the painter's craft, demonstrating how the artists' materials and methods influenced their works. An in-depth look at the Gallery's Scientific and Conservation Departments explains how paintings change over time and reveals the techniques that help preserve art for future generations.
As artists became more skilled in the use of oil, so they began to picture not only objects, but states of mind and emotions. Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus and Rubens' Samson and Delilah help demonstrate the power of the artist to engage the viewer.
Transferred from an analogue VHS recording from the original Television broadcast.
Note parts of this programme were too damaged to be used (due to mould on the VHS tape). I managed to save 75% of the programme however and was able to clean up the audio and remaining picture using de-flicker and noise reduction filters.
The programme is still very watchable though (as you can see from the screen shots) and is the last episode I have.
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