The polite, chin-stroking world of art is laid asunder by 'A History Of Britain' writer Simon Schama's uniquely passionate view. Best known for his often controversial views on history, Simon Schama is also a professor of Art History and has as passionate a view of one as the other. This series aims to explore the idea that art, and he uses fine art as an example, is taken far from its original purpose when it's hung it in hushed, staid galleries. Schama posits that good art is supposed to shake you, grab you by the throat and smack you in the chops rather than pet your hair and tickle your chin. 'Great art has dreadful manners,' he says.
A collection of hour-long films on eight seminal artists and their groundbreaking works, which originally aired on British television, this boxed set is as entertaining as it is enlightening.Eight artists are featured--Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko--and each portrait of the artist weaves biography and historical context to help explain the true power of his works.
- Interview with Simon Schama (30 mins)
- Audio commentary with Simon Schama & Clare Beavan
Release Date: 20 November 2006
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Duration 8 hours (approx)