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Beginning: Emerengence of the Renaissance
Starting with the rise of the Franciscan movement and tracing influences from northern Europe to Constantinople, this program--hosted by Andrew Graham-Dixon--argues that the Renaissance was not simply a rebirth of classicism, but actually the culmination of a process begun in the Middle Ages. The works of Giovanni Bellini, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Giotto de Bondone, and Rogier van der Weyden are featured. A BBC Production. (60 minutes, color
Born in Antwerp in 1577, the young Peter Paul Rubens travelled extensively in Italy, soaking up the artistic achievements of the High Renaissance. Returning to Flanders, he began a career that combined Renaissance technique with a new boldness of approach towards colour and brushwork. (60 minutes, color)
The End of the Renaissance?
The program ends with a discussion of perhaps the most persistent Renaissance legacy of all: the vivid representation of the human form in art. The works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Benvenuto Cellini, Correggio, Michelangelo, Jacopo da Pontormo, and Jan van Eyck are featured. A BBC Production. (60 minutes, color)
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