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


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 1078 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011V7PSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Private Life of a Masterpiece: The Complete Seasons 1-5" on IMDb

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This is a BBC series that devotes each hour episode to a single work of art - but in a fun, engaging, and interesting way.
A. Holland
It is like a travel experience because you are seeing where the work of art was created, so you are experiencing different cities, towns, etc.
Carla D. Garber
What each episode does is focus on one important work of art, like Michaelangelo's "David," and discusses the artist and the art.
JEP

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By JEP on March 17, 2008
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I have seen but a few episodes of this series on the Ovation network. Those few hours were absolutely fascinating. As someone who knows the merest sliver about art, this series taught me so much. What each episode does is focus on one important work of art, like Michaelangelo's "David," and discusses the artist and the art. It shows the development of the piece, the history of the artist, the history of the piece, why it's important, and, most importantly, what you might want to look for if you could see the actual piece.

This is the exciting type of information you would want to know if you went strolling through a museum. Instead of zipping past a piece of art, you'd know to stop and what to look for. Now this may sound dull and dry, but this series (again, at least the few episodes I saw...and rewatched) is amazingly addictive because of its casual narrative, brimming with tons of fascinating information.

I've ordered this set and can't wait to soak it all up. Highly recommended. You'll learn so much.
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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Artemisia on November 11, 2008
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As professor of Art History I have previewed dozens of art documentaries. This series stands above the others due to its format (40 min. in depth on one work), good overview of other works by the artists, great historical background to put the work in context, and demonstrations of the working process of the artist. I only wish there were more!
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A. Holland on June 5, 2008
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This is a BBC series that devotes each hour episode to a single work of art - but in a fun, engaging, and interesting way. I read a glowing review of it in Entertainment Weekly and was not disappointed in the least. This is an absolutely *must have* for anyone who has an artistic interest and wants to better understand why some works of art are considered masterpieces, what their historical context is, the life of the person who created them, and what has happened to them - physically, culturally - from their creation to now.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Serai on February 19, 2010
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Here is a list of the episodes, which I found on the web. I hope it's useful to anyone thinking about buying this collection.

Disc One: Renaissance Masterpieces
* "Sandro Botticelli: La Primavera"
* "Paolo Uccello: The Battle of San Romano"
* "Leonardo Da Vinci: The Last Supper"
* "Pierro della Francesca: The Resurrection"

Disc Two: Seventeenth Century Masters
* "Rembrandt van Rijn: The Night Watch"
* "Johannes Vermeer: The Art of Painting"
* "Diego Velazquez: The Rokeby Venus"

Disc Three: Masterpieces 1800-1850
* "Francisco Goya: The Third of May 1808"
* "Eugene Delacroix: Liberty Leading the People"
* "Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave"

Disc Four: Masterpieces 1851-1900
* "Edouard Manet: Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe"
* "James McNeill Whistler: Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother"
* "Edvard Munch: The Scream"

Disc Five: Impressionism and the Post-Impressionists
* "Auguste Renoir: Dance at the Moulin de la Galette"
* "Vincent Van Gogh: The Sunflowers"
* "Georges Seurat: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte 1884"

Disc Six: Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century
* "Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"
* "Gustav Klimt: The Kiss"
* "Salvador Dali: Christ of St. John on the Cross"

Disc Seven: Masterpieces of Sculpture
* "Michelangelo: David"
* "Edgar Degas: Little Dancer Aged 14"
* "Auguste Rodin: The Kiss"

I agree with the others who've posted comments here. This is a wonderful series, full of engaging information on each piece it examines.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Saxton on October 27, 2008
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I bought this after seeing one of the episodes on TV on Bravo or Showcase up in Canada. I was just flipping through channels, "what is this?". Then I waited for it to show up on Amazon.com, not just .uk.
I'm no art major, but I have taken a couple art history classes, and this went into details that put a psycho-social connection to a painting, rather than just studying the brushwork. Each episode feels like a chapter of an artists story that you get a glimpse into, if only for a blink of an eye.
BBC as always does a fantastic job of putting it all together. They've got several art historians who review the paintings, so you listen to a few interpretations. I also appreciated how they show the modern day take of the painting.
I've yet to finish them all, but so far I'm very happy with my purchase.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Willette on January 15, 2012
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I am another professor of art history who has reviewed many films and television videos in search of material that could be used profitably in the classroom. The individual segments of The Private Life of a Masterpiece series are uneven. The one devoted to Rembrandt's Nightwatch is exceptionally good--both the handling of historical questions and the explanation of its importance to Dutch national identity. The film is fun, interesting and informative (in large part thanks to the top-notch education department of the Rijksmuseum). The segment devoted to Botticelli's Primavera is quite bad. In this case the editors appear to have had little confidence in the serious views of the scholars who were consulted and chose instead to treat the painting as a bit of Renaissance smut. I would not recommend buying the whole box set.
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