Art and Artists

Secrets of the Mona Lisa

Bewitching, seductive and world famous, in the minds of millions she is the ultimate work of art being endlessly photographed and admired yet behind the enigmatic smile she remains a mystery. Who was she and why was she painted, what was it that has made her the worlds most famous painting? After 500 years in the spotlight the Mona Lisa is finally giving up her secrets, centuries of old documen

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The Secret of Drawing

Once upon a time the ability to draw was seen as the first and most essential skill of any artist, but in the age of the unmade bed and the pickled shark, drawing is widely perceived as an old fashioned activity. Many modern art schools don't even teach it, preferring to arm their students with digital or video cameras. In this four part documentary series Andrew Graham-Dixon, challenges the tedio

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The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings

It is said that around 47,000 works of art go missing each and every year, this being said it seems to be that we old ever hear of heists that involve the more valuable paintings. High-profile or not once a painting is stolen typically it will never be recovered. In this BBC film art critic Alastair Sooke examines the dark world of art theft, looking into some of the mysteries surrounding such cri

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Picasso Love, Sex and Art

At the time his death in 1973 aged 91 Pablo Picasso had become one of the 20th century's most influential and prolific artists. Picasso has been painted as many men, as a genius, a womaniser, and ego maniac. Brought up in the Spanish town of Malaga, his first paintings as a 9 year old were of bull fighting scenes, later in life he would represent himself as the mythological monster Minotaur, half

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What Makes Art Valuable?

What would you buy if you happened to have 100 million dollars? perhaps a mansion, a fleet of private jets, your own personal submarine or would you put it all into a single piece of artwork? Some of the richest people in the world have done just that. But the question remains, what makes art so valuable? Enticing the superrich to splash out such crazy amounts of money. Is it love for the work, ri

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McCullin

McCullin

In his early twenties and with no formal training McCullin began his career in Finsbury Park, London, with pictures of the violent teenage gangs who appeared to rule the roost in the 1950's. McCullin would however go on to capture history as it was being made baring witness to some of the bloodiest conflicts of the last fifty years. A self confessed war junkie, Don McCullin's quest to bring the ug

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The French Revolution: Tearing Up History

A journey through the dramatic and destructive years of the French Revolution, telling its history in a way not seen before - through the extraordinary story of its art. Our guide through this turbulent decade is the constantly surprising Dr Richard Clay, an art historian who has spent his life decoding the symbols of power and authority.

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Kusamono

Kusamono

This is a short story about a young potter called Muri. His interest in Bonsai trees brought him to the throwing wheel where he started making his own Bonsai pots. Now 26 years old Muri has left Rumania to live in Denmark. He has applied to be accepted on the school of ceramics on Bornholm and he will start this autumn if they let him on.

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