Art & Architecture


Art of Scandinavia 150 min.

Andrew Graham-Dixon dissects the art of Scandinavia in a series of three programs that join the highly successful Art of strand. It’s the story of art in a land without light for months on end and of how a landscape (and the art it inspired) gave us 20th Century existentialism. However it is also the story of eroticism, where the light is white and ultra-brilliant; the world of the Snow Queen and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Dark Night of the Soul: Episode 1—Art of Scandinavia 51 min.

The art of Scandinavia shares many characteristics of the Scandinavian landscape: hardness, sharpness, clarity. In the first of three episodes, Andrew Graham -Dixon explores works to come out of the dark Norwegian soul, most famous for producing The Scream by Edvard Munch. He explores the history of Norway through its most influential artworks, and the story that these pieces tell about Norwegian...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Democratic by Design: Episode 3—Art of Scandinavia 51 min.

In the final installment of Andrew Graham-Dixon's journey through Scandinavian art, we arrive in Sweden—home of IKEA and a tradition of brilliant furniture design stretching back to the early years of the 20th century. Sweden has made its modern democratic mission one of comfort and civilized living for the masses, but many would argue that the dream of equality has fallen short. Graham-Dixon exam...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Once Upon a Time in Denmark: Episode 2—Art of Scandinavia 51 min.

In episode two of Andrew Graham-Dixon's epic journey through Scandinavian art and landscape, Denmark emerges from modest beginnings to become a great power and arbiter of taste in northern Europe, a story of transformation befitting the homeland of the greatest fairytale spinner of them all, Hans Christian Andersen. In this film, Graham-Dixon traces Denmark’s failed imperial experiment, beginning...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

The Face in the Mirror: Episode 5—The Face of Britain 51 min.

The evolution of portraiture inevitably led to self-portraiture, as Simon Schama explores in the fifth episode of The Face of Britain. Art took on a different meaning in the 13th century when William de Brailes became the first artist to attach an image of himself to his work as a sort of signature, thereby acknowledging his credibility and advancing the idea of painting self-portraits. Learn abou...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The Face of Britain 250 min.

Simon Schama explores the history of British portraiture, revealing the stories behind some of the most powerful images in British art. In collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery in London, Schama examines the five ways in which this unique art-form has been used by both subject and artist - as a statement of power, a declaration of love, to promote fame, to capture ordinary people and to...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The Face of Fame: Episode 3—The Face of Britain 51 min.

In this film, the power and creation of fame and celebrity are explored through the art forms of portraiture and photography. Though renowned fame and celebrity status are not the same, the public has a similar appetite for devouring images and information about the rich and famous, as Simon Schama explores through examples including Horatio Nelson, Kitty Fisher, and the beloved Princess Diana. Vi...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The Face of Power: Episode 1—The Face of Britain 51 min.

In this film, Simon Schama explores the uniquely powerful and compelling art form of portraiture, studying notable figures and their portraits like Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. Portraits of religious figures and British nobility shaped the political and social world of the Brits, and artists employed comic satire to humiliate and poke fun at tyrannical leaders. Additionally, photograph...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Faces of the People: Episode 2—The Face of Britain 51 min.

In this film, Simon Schama investigates those British artists over the course of history that went against the grain of portraiture, painting and photographing the common people rather than just the richest and noblest in society. Artists like William Hogarth painted convicted murderers while John Kay created detailed caricatures of passing strangers in the city of Edinburgh, adding to the collect...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Colorful Life by Wassily Kandinsky: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings 27 min.

The roots of A Colorful Life, just like those of Wassily Kandinsky himself, were firmly anchored in age-old Russian soil. And yet the painting contains all the elements that were to accompany the painter in the greatest revolution in the history of art: the leap into abstraction. This documentary examines Kandinsky’s rejection of Western thought and efforts to preserve Russian culture during moder...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015