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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.
The way an artist uses his brush and paint becomes a kind of "signature." Program Five examines the tradition of handling paint that began with Titian and the impact of the 19th-century invention of ready-made canvases and chemical paint.
Neil MacGregor studies the freer, looser styles of painting used from the Renaissance to the Impressionist period. As well as exploring the work of Titian and Rembrandt, he analyses Vincent van Gogh, whose paintings epitomised a new era.
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