Category: Art

Video documentaries about all art forms

Constable

Great Artists episode 7 – Constable

Constable There have been few more powerful painters of landscape than John Constable. He brought a scale, ambition and impact to a subject long considered amongst the lowest forms of art. Constable is often celebrated as a nostalgic painter of a lost England but look a little harder, though, and you discover an intense and ...

Jacques-Louis David

Great Artists episode 6 – Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David Jacques-Louis David was a revolutionary artist in every sense. He was also fully committed supporter of the French Revolution and Napoleon using his art as a powerful instrument of political propaganda. As the originator of a hard-edged form of neo-classicism, he gave contemporary life something of the grandeur of ancient Rome or Greece. ...

Goya

Great Artists episode 6 – Goya

Goya Goya has often been described as the last of the great old masters and the first of the new. He painted sublime portraits of the Spanish royal court and celebratory pictures of the good life in Spain.  But he also produced some of the most harrowing images of human cruelty ever created, an ...

Stubbs

Great Artists episode 5 – Stubbs

Stubbs George Stubbs is the greatest painter of horses who ever lived, but so much more than that - a man who literally dissected his subject before he felt able to paint it. But Stubbs was no dispassionate observer instead he brought a weight of feeling to his work that sometimes makes the spine tingle. ...

Caravaggio

Great Artists episode 4 – Caravaggio

Caravaggio Of all the great artists, Caravaggio seems to speak most intensely to the modern world. He lived a brief and tumultuous life, mocking authority and even murdering a man; he spent four years on the run, a fugitive from justice, but he always painted, bringing religious art to life in paintings so powerful and ...

Holbein

Great Artists episode 3 – Holbein

Holbein Hans Holbein the Younger has claims to be the greatest portrait painter who ever wielded a brush, a central figure in the spread of the Renaissance in Northern Europe whose deftness and remarkable accuracy captured the spirit and faces of the court of Henry VIII. He made the human individual seem more real and ...

Piero della Francesca

Great Artists episode 2 – Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca This episode looks at the life and work of the 15th century Italian artist Piero della Francesca. With only 26 surviving works Piero has been seen as one of the mystery men of western art. But his calm, monumental, often enigmatic images mark an important step in the development of Renaissance art. ...

Giotto

Great Artists episode 1 – Giotto

Giotto Giotto di Bondone, the son of a Tuscan shepherd. Born in 1267, Giotto began his apprenticeship at the age of 12, and with his naturalistic treatment of medieval Christian iconography, was recognised as the first in a line of great painters and architects who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. Giotto's contemporary, the banker and ...

Treasures of the Louvre

Treasures of the Louvre

Treasures of the Louvre - Paris-based writer Andrew Hussey travels through the glorious art and surprising history of an extraordinary French institution to show that the story of the Louvre is the story of France. Treasures of the Louvre - Part 1 As well as exploring the masterpieces of painters such as Veronese, Rubens, David, ...

Masterpieces of Sculpture

Masterpieces of Sculpture

Masterpieces of Sculpture- this award-winning series reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they were created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world. Whereas other volumes in the series hone in on famous tableaux, this particular ...