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Jan Bruegel the Elder
Jan Bruegel the Elder is one of the most interesting artists working at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The second son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, he was known as 'Flower Bruegel' and 'Velvet Bruegel.' The incredibly…
Rubens and Caravaggio
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 highly influential Baroque figures; Rubens, famous…
Jan Vermeer
Not much is known about Jan Vermeer. He only produced around 35 works of art. Yet they made him immortal. He was born in Delft and never left the town. He married there, worked as an art-dealer and died in…
Antoine Watteau: The Melancholia of Pleasure
The beginning of the eighteenth century was a time of curious indecision. Men were losing faith in the old beliefs, yet were wary of placing themselves in the hands of politics and science. Most artists reflect in their work the…
The Baroque of Extremes
This program deals with the manifestations of the Baroque style in Russia and Poland. It begins at the court of Frederick the Great in Potsdam, where Frederick entertained both Voltaire and Johann Sebastian Bach; it moves on to Poland, and…
The Southern Empire of Baroque
One aspect of the Baroque too rarely recognized is the colonial dissemination of the style from central and southern Europe, southward to Sicily, South America and even South Africa and India. It was the Dutch who created the Cape Colony…
All the World on Stage
This program gives a stimulating introduction to the Baroque age, opening with an evocation of Louis XIV, the Sun King, ostentatiously dressed for a ballet at the palace of Versailles. We learn of the period's preoccupation with dance, opera, drama…
The Long Frontiers to the North
Steadily through the seventeenth century the ethos of the Baroque spread from its birthplace in Rome northwards to central and eastern Europe, flourishing in centers such as Venice, Vienna, Prague, Wurttemberg and Salem. The paintings of Tiepolo and Morazzone testify…
From Rubens to Gainsborough
From Rubens to Gainsborough analyzes the development of the Baroque in Flanders, northern Europe, and especially France. We look at the Jesuit church in Antwerp, decorated by Rubens, Jordaens and Van Dyck. We visit the palace of Vaux-le-Vicomte built by…
The Wizards of the Marvellous
Underlying this period was a fascination with the grotesque, the outlandish and the ghoulish. Focusing on Rome, in many ways the center of the Baroque style, this film looks at some of the forerunners of the movement. In painting these…
Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross)
We normally associate the Baroque style with high art by sophisticated sculptors and painters, although it was often intended to impress a religious message on the common people as well as the intelligentsia. This film, however, focuses on what could…