Great Artists With Tim Marlow
Rubens is regarded as the chief exponent of the Baroque style, merging the grace of the Italian High Renaissance with the realism and landscapes genres of the northern tradition.
In a Spain dominated by a fervent religiosity, the painter Diego de Silva y Velàzquez emerged as a master practitioner of a secular form of art.
Two eyes peer out of the gloom, they are the eyes of Rembrandt van Rijn, a man whose name is synonymous with the Dutch Golden Age and the city of Amsterdam.
In the three hundred years since his death, the name Johannes Vermeer languished in the backwaters of art history. Yet in recent times his status as a great artist has been assured and his paintings are more popular today than ever before.
The most famous of all British painters, J. M. W. Turner was a visionary and a maverick, whose landscape paintings both astounded and antagonized those that saw them.
The first 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.
Holbein made the human individual seem more real and more exposed than any other artists before him and is the father of a tradition of portraiture which continues to this day.
Caravaggio lived a brief and tumultuous life, mocking authority and even murdering a man; but he always painted, bringing religious art to life in paintings so powerful and naturalistic that some saw them as miracles in themselves.
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.
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.
Art historian Tim Marlow looks at the life of French neoclassical painter David, famed for his history paintings, such as Oath Of The Horatii.
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