The Private Life of A Masterpiece

The Private Life of A Masterpiece

The Complete Seasons 1-5

DVD - 2008
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Presents the stories behind 21 masterpieces of painting and sculpture: Botticelli's La primavera; Uccello's The Battle of San Romano; Leonardo's The last supper; Piero Della Francesca's The Resurrection; Rembrandt's The night watch; Vermeer's The art of painting; Velazquez's The Rokeby Venus; Goya's The third of May 1808; Delacroix's Liberty leading the people; Hokusai's The great wave; Manet's Le dejeuner sur l'herbe; Whistler's Portrait of the artist's mother; Munch's The scream; Renoir's Dance at le Moulin de la Galette; Van Gogh's The Sunflowers; Seurat's A Sunday on la grande jatte, 1884; Picasso's Les demoiselles d'Avignon; Klimt's The kiss; Dali's Christ of St. John of the Cross; Michelangelo's David; Degas's The little dancer, aged 14; Rodin's The kiss.
Publisher: [London?] : BBC Video : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas [for] 2 Entertain Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2008
ISBN: 9781419857966
Characteristics: 7 videodiscs (approx. 1,078 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in


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May 27, 2014

Nearly 18 hours of insider stories on 18 of the greatest paintings and 3 of the best ever sculptures in art history. Pick and choose the broad array of interest or watch some over and over again. Today, we have HD photos and Photo Shop while the old days, we rely on those masters to capture our imaginations from historic events to nudes. Impressive collection of geniuses and ground breaking works.

Jul 15, 2012

Absolutely fascinating and illuminating series about the history and background of various pieces of art. Stellar.

Apr 09, 2012

Pop evaluations of famous works of art: sometimes insightful (van Gogh's sunflowers, The Resurrection), sometimes tedious (a large chunk of the Grande Jatte program is wasted speculating whether certain characters are "real", e.g. local prostitutes.) Sharp if jokey editing, reflective of the artwork; for example, Michelangelo's David = buttocks.


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May 27, 2014

Michelangelo's David is 5.17 meters or about 17.0 ft tall and weighs 6 tons !!! He carved the marble statue without modern tools for over 2 years when he was in his mid-twenties !!!


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