The Private Life of a Masterpiece: The Complete Seasons 1-5

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  • Winner of the Royal Television Society Education Award, this landmark seven-disc collection takes you behind beautiful canvases and sculptures with tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence.

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    This award-winning series reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world. All the works featured in the series were revolutionary, often shocking at the time or a ‘first’ in some way. Behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures featured in this series are tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence.

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    1. Renaissance Masterpieces

    La Primavera by Botticelli

    The Battle of San Romano by Uccello

    The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

    The Resurrection by Piero Della Francesca

    2. Seventeenth Century Masters

    The Night Watch by Rembrandt

    The Art of Painting by Vermeer

    The Rokeby Venus by Velasquez

    3. Masterpieces 1800 to 1850

    The Third of May 1808 by Goya

    Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix

    The Great Wave by Hokusai

    4. Masterpieces 1851 to 1900

    Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe by Manet

    Whistler’s Mother

    The Scream by Munch

    5. Impressionism and Post Impressionists

    Dance at the Moulin De La Galette by Renoir

    The Sunflowers by Van Gogh

    Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Seurat

    6. Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century

    Les Demoiselles D’Avignon by Picasso

    The Kiss by Klimt

    The Christ of Saint. John on the Cross by Dali

    7. Masterpieces of Sculpture

    Michelangelo’s David

    Little Dancer Aged 14 by Degas

    The Kiss by Rodin