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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.
Paintings are not only images of worlds we can enter and enjoy, but fragile objects subject to change and decay over time. With a special focus on Renoir's The Umbrellas, This Program looks at how scientific analysis can reveal the material history of great art.
Looks at how X-rays and infra-red can assist in revealing the painting process of earlier works of art and the artist's development of the picture. Considers Renoir's painting "Les Parapluies" and shows some of the changes he made to a central figure in terms of style and colouring as the original design is revealed. Also considers Rembrandt's "Woman Bathing" and Van Gogh's "Long Grass With Butterflies". Also considers range and quality of pigments and paints from the Renaissance onwards and how some well-known paintings, such as that of Veonese's painting of St Helena, would have had a lot more colour in them originally - his vivid blue sky having become a non-descript grey now due to the cheap blue pigment he used.
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