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Simon Schama’s Power of Art

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Focusing on iconic works of art, this series reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages. A combination of dramatic reconstruction, spectacular photography and Simon Schama’s unique and personal style transport the viewer back to the intense moments the great works were conceived and born; from the murderous world of baroque Rome; paranoid, revolutionary Paris and the carnage of civil war Spain to the paradox of 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter.

Simon Schama’s Power of Art is the epic story of an unfolding force, a chance to witness the power of the individuals who changed the way we view the world.

Tuesday 3 July 8.30pm – Ep 3 – Bernini
In this episode he focuses on 17th century Italian artist Bernini, and his painting ‘Ecstacy of Saint Teresa’.

Tuesday 10 July 8.30pm – Ep 4 – Turner
This episode features English romantic painter J.M.W. Turner and his work ‘The Slave Ship’.

Tuesday 17 July 8.30pm – Ep 5 – David
The neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David’s masterpiece ‘The Death of Marat’ is featured this episode.

Tuesday 24 July 8.30pm – Ep 6 – Van Gogh
This episode focuses on world famous painter Van Gogh, and his work ‘Wheatfield With Crows’.

Tuesday 31 July 8.30pm – Ep 7 – Picasso
In this episode he focuses on cubist painter Picasso, and his masterpiece ‘Guernica’.