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The Divine Michelangelo Part 1
Part of the Series: The Divine Michelangelo
BBC
Michelangelo's path to success was plagued with difficulties. This programme traces the troubled origins of his genius, from boyhood beatings from his father, to fights with fellow artists. His father's feeling that his obsession with art would bring disgrace to…
The Divine Michelangelo Part 2
Part of the Series: The Divine Michelangelo
BBC
The story of Michelangelo's titanic struggle to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, one of the artistic marvels of the world. Imagine the torture of painting an area the size of a football pitch, 20 metres off the ground.…
Donatello - The First Modern Sculptor
With his bronze David, Donatello created modernity's first life-size, free-standing sculpture - a masterpiece of the early Italian Renaissance. Familiar with classical art, he enriched sculpture with individual expression, becoming an artist much in demand. He worked for the Quattrocento's…
Giotto and Piero della Francesca
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 vital instigators of the Renaissance; Giotto,…
Michelangelo
Accorded divine status in the world of art, Michelangelo Buonarroti was a beginning and an end unto himself. Regardless of the media in which he worked - painting, sculpture or architecture - there is a breathtaking perfection to the finished…
Da Vinci - The Lost Treasure
BBC
A life, a legend - and a missing masterpiece? Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Yet his reputation rests on only a handful of pictures - including the world's…
Titian and Raphael
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 Renaissance painting - Titian,…
Gothic: Art For England 1400-1547
Art from late medieval England and the early years of the Renaissance is revealed in this film in all of its splendour and variety. This is the age of the Hundred Years' War, the Wars of the Roses and the…
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 -…
The Miracle of Palladio
In northern Italy in the sixteenth century it was Andrea di Pietro, called Palladio, who renewed the art of architecture in the spirit of classical antiquity. The starting point for this journey is the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in…
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…
Diego Velazquez
In return for immortalising the grotesquely in-bred court of the rapidly declining Spanish Hapsburgs, Philip IV admitted Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) to the ranks of the nobility at a time when artists were considered no better than carpenters. Didier Baussy-Oulianoff's resplendent…
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…
Marcus Gheeraerts II - Elizabethan Artist
Marcus Gheeraerts II (1561/2-1636) was one of the great portrait artists of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he painted many of the leading Britons of the time, including Elizabeth I. His 'Ditchley' portrait is one of…
Jean Fouquet
Jean Fouquet was one of the greatest artists of the fifteenth century. Among his patrons was Etienne de Chevalier, Grand Treasurer of France, who commissioned from him a Book of Hours: a strange mixture of amusing picturebook and devotional manual,…
Frans Hals of Antwerp
Frans Hals (1582-1666) was a portrait painter with a unique style, admired for its originality and vivacity not only by the Impressionists but also by artists like van Gogh or Picasso. Very little documentation of his life exists today, so…
Image And Idol: Medieval Sculpture
The extraordinary richness of sculpture from the twelfth to the sixteenth century is revealed in this unique film. Historian Phillip Lindley introduces a selection of surprising and startlingly beautiful artworks from churches and cathedrals in England and Wales. Lindley explores…
Guido Mazzoni
While following the restoration of the monumental Porrini group by Guido Mazzoni, this documentary also presents an overview of the sculptures of this marvellous but little-known Renaissance artist. Credits Original music: Angelo Bergamini Also available in Italian
At the Turn of the Age: Hans Holbein
As the new age of the Renaissance began to flower, Hans Holbein the Younger, born in 1497 and at first apprenticed to his father, discovered his vocation - portrait painting. His picture of the most famous scholar of his age,…
The Real Rembrandt
Scientific methods of verifying works of art have drastically reduced the number of paintings attributed to Rembrandt (1606-1669). Many canvases, hitherto believed to be by the hand of the Master, are now thought to be the work of artists who…