Segments in this Video

Portrait Madness (01:49)


Look at paintings of Sir Francis Dashwood, depicted in a variety of roles such as pope, monk, and Saint. He is eventually made Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Cave Meetings (03:08)

Learn about the mysterious Hellfire Club. Meetings include alcohol and prostitutes dressed as nuns. Take an in-depth look at William Hogarth's painting of Dashwood as St. Francis.

Tone of the Tavern (02:03)

In 1732, Hogarth becomes a founding member of the Sublime Order of Roast Beef. Listen to an excerpt of a nationalistic song about roast beef.

Religious Insults (04:21)

In 1748, Hogarth is arrested in France for being a spy. He seeks revenge in his painting "Calais Gate." Januszczak describes the deviousness of the painting.

Tragic Beauty (05:30)

Maria Gunning is a an actress renowned for her beauty. Her lead and mercury-based makeup would lead to her death at the age of 27.

Carnival of Venice (02:28)

Rococo Venice reinvents itself as a tourist destination. Januszczak explains Pietro Longhi's work.

Venetian Masks (02:40)

Masks can be worn in Venice for 6th months of the year. Women hold masks with their teeth, preventing them from speaking.

Schemers Inherit the Earth (01:40)

Take an in-depth look at Longhi's "The Charlaton." Januszczak describes challenges in interpreting Longhi's work; he concludes that there are never heroes in his paintings.

Prison Island (03:38)

Januszczak visits Santo Stefano and discusses the island's history. Jeremy Bentham's skeleton and head are preserved today. He was a social philosopher, and founder of utilitarianism.

Early Surveilance (03:23)

Jeremy Bentham designs the a panopticon prison. It is intended to allow the few to spy on the many.

Self Portraits (05:40)

Januszczak looks at the life and work of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Messerschmidt is a follower of Hermes Trismegistus. The sculptor believes that he has angered the Spirit of Proportion who visits and tortures him at night.

Commedia Dell'arte (03:19)

The Rococo seeks to escape from reality. Januszczak looks at the work and characters of Antoine Watteau.

Humanity Revealed (02:37)

Januszczak looks at a Pierrot painting by Watteau. He describes the love triangle of the Commedia Dell'arte. Pierrot is the first sad clown.

Royal Mockery (02:31)

Francisco Goya revolutionizes art. The Spanish Royal Family invites him to paint their portraits.

Goya Creates Zombies (04:55)

Januszczak describes Goya's Caprichos and his work that would inspire the contemporary darkness that we know today. He goes deaf and has a nervous breakdown.

Napoleon Invades Italy (02:39)

Napoleon takes Venice's art back to Paris. Domenico Tiepolo comes into his own after the death of his father Gianbattista Tiepolo.

Welcome to the Modern World (03:44)

Domenico Tiepolo paints privately for his own amusement. He paints a room full of Pulcinellas, replacing religious figures with the deceitful, monkey-like characters. Januszczak believes that Rococo is predictive of the modern era.

Credits: Understanding Art: Rococo—Part 3 (00:27)

Credits: Understanding Art: Rococo—Part 3

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In part 3 of this film, learn about the dark side of Rococo. Not just the age of playboy painters and frilly fashionistas, this is the era of Chardin, Hogarth, and Messerschmidt. With the social and religious acceptance that came from Rococo, so too did madness. It would see the emergence of doubt, pessismism, and criticism and its work would lead to Harry Potter, zombies, and other dark tales we know today.


Length: 61 minutes

Item#: BVL111610

ISBN: 978-1-68272-626-6

Copyright date: ©2010

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