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Fra Angelico
This film is preserved in the Roland Collection primarily as an example of early experiments in art-critical film by Carlo Ragghianti, who was to become one of Italy's most influential art critics and educators. The film presents a critical analysis of Fra Angelico's style, which blended traditional Gothic forms with…
Henry Moore: London 1940-42
A montage, using documentary material filmed during the war, shows the beginnings of an air attack and Londoners entering shelters. From the silent deserted streets, the film moves underground into the world of Henry Moore's shelter drawings. People sit along subway platforms, looking after their children, settling down for the…
Piero della Francesca
A fine example of early experiments in art-critical film by Carlo Ragghianti. It examines the work of this very individual master who was perhaps the first to exploit the subduing and soothing qualities of light. His ability to endow the world with majesty and calm has never been surpassed. Credits…
Botticelli's Calumny of Apelles
Italy was indisputably the cradle of Renaissance civilization, and Sandro Botticelli was one of her greatest artists. During the early part of his long career he was a painter of religious frescoes; in the mid-1480s he attempted a new concept in the painting of women, personifying the Goddess of Love…
Ecce Homo
Already two centuries old in France and Italy, Gothic art reached eastern Europe much later. The most beautiful examples are to be found in Czechoslovakia; the richly painted and gilded wood sculptures of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ were made (as the Romanesque sculptures had been several…
14 Americans: Directions of the 1970s
The multiple means of making art after the end of illusionism led these artists to create performances, sculptures, earthworks, tableaux, furniture, shaped canvases, and more, using unusual materials. They explore the process of making forms and giving meanings to those forms. In this idea art, their focus is as often…
The Renaissance
Part of the Series: The Nude in Art with Tim Marlow
If there is one genre of art that seems to have played a greater role than any other, it is the nude. For at least 30,000 years, humans have represented the naked form in a variety of ways. From the ideal to the real, the Romantic to the Surrealist, there…
Leonardo and Michelangelo
In the fascinating Great Artist series, we investigate some of the best artists in history - examining their influence, style and what exactly made them so unique. In this double package we examine two giants of the Renaissance period - Leonardo da Vinci, genius scientist, inventor, engineer and artist, and…
Giotto and Piero della Francesca
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Romanesque Painters
Using vast unbroken wall spaces in comparatively windowless buildings, Romanesque fresco painters created scenes of heroic proportions. Brilliant in colour, these served as illustrated Bible history lessons for the people of the late Middle Ages in France. 'A very beautiful film, all the more important as all the paintings were…
Kandinsky
Abstract art was not 'discovered' by any single artist. Several painters can be seen as working towards total non-representation in the early years of the century, and examples can be cited of 'abstract' works from even earlier (for example, drawings by Victor Hugo or Alexander Cozens), when their full implications…
Popular Art in Brittany
Few parts of the world during the Middle Ages had a popular art form so fully developed and of such exceptional quality as Brittany, home of a multitude of saints. Architecture, sculpture, and paintings are shown here in their original settings, in the fields and on the seashore. Most of…