Art & Architecture


New! City: The Remarkable Urban Photographs Of David Levene 10 min.

For more than a decade, award-winning photographer David Levene has revealed an unparalleled cross-section of the urban 21st century, documenting how people live and work in 70 cities. From east to west, using archive and never-before-seen images, we hear the story behind three of the most moving photographs in his new book—Yangon in Myanmar, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and Calais in France—and follo...

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Amsterdam 51 min.

Amsterdam is a city that pioneered much of modern life, from multinational trade to the way we design our homes. To find out how, Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke take us on a tour of the city's cultural hotspots. They introduce us to the paintings of Jan Steen, take us on an entertaining tour of the canals that helped build Amsterdam, and explore the city’s reputation for tolerance, in the oldes...

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Barcelona 52 min.

Although Barcelona is famous for exuberant modernista buildings, the Gothic Quarter, and big names like Picasso, Janina and Alastair are determined to discover some less well-known cultural treats. Getting away from the crowds on the Ramblas, they seek out the designs of an engineer who arguably put more of a stamp on the city than its star architect, Antoni Gaudí; the Romanesque frescoes that ins...

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Secret Cities 150 min.

The fascinating stories behind the art that has shaped three dazzlingly beautiful cities. Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and Barcelona are visited by tourists in their droves who tread well-worn paths around great galleries, palaces and plazas. But in this series, art historian Janina Ramirez and art critic Alastair Sooke reveal the essence of each city in a fresh and fascinating way by going off the b...

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St. Petersburg 53 min.

Dr. Janina Ramirez and Alastair Sooke explore St. Petersburg through its dazzling art and architecture. They want to see how art has been used to enhance prestige and power since the founding of the city by Tsar Peter the Great. Surrounded by vast palaces, gilded domes, and imposing Soviet monuments, Janina and Alastair discover a city where art has always taken center stage.

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The Art of France 150 min.

Following on from the popular The Art of… strand, The Art of France reads the nation’s history and character in its sculptures, paintings, and palaces. From the art of absolute power in the 18th century through to the modern philosophies bound up in impressionism, art and history are merged to enlightening effect. Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon unlocks the connection between the unification of Fran...

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Plus Ça Change 52 min.

Art historian and critic Andrew Graham-Dixon opens this series with the dramatic story of French art, a story of the most powerful kings ever to rule in Europe, with their glittering palaces and astoundingart to go in them. He also reveals how art emerged from a struggle between tradition and revolution, between rulers and a people who didn't always want to be ruled. Starting with the first great...

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There Will Be Blood 53 min.

Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how art in France took a dramatic turn following the French Revolution that ushered in a bold new world. From the execution of King Louis XVI and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte—a figure who simultaneously repelled and inspired artists of his time—through to the rise of Romanticism and an art of seduction, sex, and high drama, Andrew explores artists including Jacques-L...

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This Is the Modern World 51 min.

In the final episode, Andrew Graham-Dixon begins with the impressionists. He plunges into one of the most wildly creative periods in the history of art, when France was changing at a rapid pace and angry young artists would reinvent how to paint—finding their muses in the bars, brothels, and cabarets of Belle Époque Paris and turning the world of art on its head. Monet, Degas, and friends launched...

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China, One Million Artists 53 min.

China has been the biggest art seller in the entire world since 2012. Yet they remain relatively unknown compared to these numbers. Who are these artists? What drives them and how do they circumvent censorship? Contemporary Chinese art took off spectacularly after Mao’s death. Artists have revisited Western art and some have hijacked communist propaganda, supplementing it with a vitriolic critic o...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017