Art & Architecture


New to Our Collection! Jamie Cullum 44 min.

The British Library—the greatest repository of our culture, history and society. In its archives are everything from stunningly beautiful handwritten Korans to Captain Scott’s diary; Karl Marx’s letters and Sir John Gielgud’s scrapbooks. Now six of these Treasures will be chosen and uncovered by the acclaimed jazz musician Jamie Cullum. Drawing on his own passions, and aided by the expert British...

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New to Our Collection! Meera Syal 44 min.

The British Library—a unique cultural treasure trove that holds everything from great novelist’s first drafts to a world-class collection of sound recordings, the world’s oldest Bibles to Kenneth William’s diaries. Now actor, writer and novelist Meera Syal is exploring this staggering collection, searching for six truly inspiring and moving Treasures. Guided by key personal themes she wants to exp...

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The Lost Hokusai 50 min.

The ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai is extremely popular worldwide. At 86, he created a monumental, 3-meter-wide composition using bold brushstrokes to depict the ancient Japanese deity Susanoo slaying several gods of pestilence. The work was destroyed by fire during the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the only clue to its original form was a single monochrome photograph. In 2016, experts rel...

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Bellotto: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings 27 min.

Canaletto's stated intention was to depict reality as faithfully as possible. In this postcard depiction of Warsaw, used to help reconstruct the city after World War II, the buildings are flattened by the fading light of sunset, anticipating the fire that would later destroy them, while its people, rich and poor, are bathed in the warm light of a new dawn that looks forward to the forging of the P...

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Degas: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings 27 min.

This chiaroscuro social painting is a remarkable human record of late nineteenth-century Paris, its inhabitants and its private geography at a time of huge social and moral change. Degas' constant flitting between genres and from back-stage to front of stage enabled him to capture the fleeting nature of existence while creating an everlasting image of Paris.

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Goya: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings 27 min.

This is one of Goya's most famous works. A symbol of national independence and identity to the Spanish, it is a tribute to peoples who fight for their freedom. It depicts the Spanish patriots being charged by the Mamelukes—Egyptian mercenaries in the pay of the French army—and eloquently illustrates the shock of the onslaught and the bloody repression of the uprising by the occupier.

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Green School In Bali: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture 26 min.

Deep in the Balinese jungle nestle 40 buildings of varying sizes - the bamboo campus of Green School Bali, founded by Americans John and Cynthia Hardy. The three-story main building, known as the Heart of the School, houses classrooms, offices, the school library and a huge playground. Made entirely of bamboo - no concrete, metal or glass has been used in the building framework, floors and ceiling...

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Mediacité: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture 27 min.

From the sky, it resembles a serpent, a whale, a bulging vein or a river. From inside, it looks like a huge stained-glass window. Dreamed up by the experimental, provocative Israeli designer Ron Arad, whose playful furniture designs featuring rounded, sculptural shapes have made him world famous, this startling construction swells, curves and winds its way through Médiacité, Liège's gigantic shopp...

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Rembrandt: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings 26 min.

This group portrait has come to symbolize the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Painted at the height of Rembrandt's career, The Night Watch goes beyond portrayal of characters and transcends conventions, juxtaposing eras and populations in a supreme homage to the freedom and might of Amsterdam, epitomized by this joyful militia company marching towards their destiny.

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Vermeer: Smart Secrets of Great Paintings 27 min.

This work is full of allusions to the interplay between knowledge and mystery, science and religion, the familiar and the unknown, the inward- and the outward-looking. The shaft of light that is Vermeer's hallmark and in which he excelled celebrates the freedom of the age and the growth of humanism.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016