The Private Life of A Masterpiece, the Complete Seasons 1-5

The Private Life of A Masterpiece, the Complete Seasons 1-5

DVD - 2008
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This award-winning series reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world. The works of art featured here are both instantly familiar and profoundly mysterious. Revolutionary in their conception, and iconic years after their execution, they each have their own compelling stories. For behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures are tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence.
Publisher: [New York] : BBC Video : 2 Entertain Video Limited : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2008.
ISBN: 9781419857966
Branch Call Number: DVD 700 PRIVATE
Characteristics: 7 videodiscs (approximately 1078 min.) : sound, color with black and white 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.

Oct 21, 2013

These are very good programmes, if a bit traditional. Beautiful photography, informed narration by people who appear to have done their research well. If it had not been for Simon Schama's "Power of Art" series, I would have rated these outstanding. Schama adds such passion, that his programmes can convert the non-lover of art history into one; these ones are preaching to the choir.

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.

Nov 15, 2011

It covers the life circumstance and the styles of each painters with emphasis on the influence of their styles. As a quick reference, this movie is quite valuable.

Sep 26, 2011

A wonderful series. Very informative and well photographed.


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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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