Simon Schama's Power of Art

Simon Schama's Power of Art

Disc 1

DVD - 2007
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Focusing on eight iconic works of art, this series reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages. A combination of reconstruction, photography and storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments when great works were conceived and born: the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; opulent, parvenu Amsterdam; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; Victorian England suffocating beneath riches and righteousness; the madhouses and brothels of Provence; the carnage of civil war Spain; 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter. In each place, a great artist is backed into a corner, facing a crisis, given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time.
Publisher: [London] : BBC Video : 2 Entertain ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2007
Branch Call Number: DVD 709 SIM pt. 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 21, 2015

While I felt this series overemphasized shock value, there is no question that you come away having gained significant insight into the featured painters and the times in which they lived. Episodes cover Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko.

Jul 29, 2008

Brilliant presentation built with strong narration, authentic settings, original art, re-creations and acting.

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