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Simon Schama, British art historian and art and cultural critic for the New Yorker, has created a series for the BBC about art, artists, and how there are works that lift you off your feet in their sheer artistry, and forever alter the human psyche.
Focusing on eight iconic works of art, Power of Art reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages, from the murderous world of baroque Rome to paranoid, revolutionary Paris; from the carnage of civil-war Spain to the paradox of 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter. A combination of dramatic reconstruction, spectacular photography and Simon Schama's unique, personal style of storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments that great works were conceived and born.
The eight works of art profiled in this series are: Caravaggio's David and Goliath; Bernini's The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Rembrandt's The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis, David's Death of Marat, J. M. W. Turner's The Slave Ship, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait; Pablo Picasso's Guernica and Marc Rothko's murals for the Seagram Building.
- 3-disc DVD set
- 400 minutes
- Aspect ratio 1.78:1