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Unique examination of masters' work through expert eyes
on May 13, 2013
Masters' pieces critiqued, inspected like never before. Once private footage is now made available to all art lovers. A fascinating look that only elite experts are typically awarded. An in-depth study of Louvre paintings filmed for the first time. A must-view-must-own for every student, scholar, art school library, or practitioner of the visual art media. A true revealing of master artist codes in painting. It provides mind-boggling teaching of historical practices, restorations, and production methods of masterpieces. You'll watch this DVD repeatedly. Simple animations, sometimes humorous, enhance educational moments of the discussion of the specialists allowed to "look close, without frames and protective glass.
SDH SUBTITLES and audio English translation provided in this series of "study days" provided by Le Musée du Louvre. Episodes identify some, not all, paintings discussed.
Each episode is about 52 min, perfect for HS to university classrooms.
___1 RAPHAEL 1483-1520
Restoration methods exposed with preservation means.
"Baldassare Castiglione" (perfection)
"Self-Portrait with a Friend" (rare Raphael canvas)
"Saint Michael Vanquishing Satan" (rare signed work)
___2 REMBRANDT 1606-1669
Many Rembrandt paints reattributed in modern times. 500 dis-attributed, or non-Rembrandts.
"Bathsheba at Her Bath" 1654 (reduced format)
"Philosopher in Meditation"
"The Slaughtered Ox" (most famous) 1655
___3 POUSSIN 1594-1665
Episode filmed in a Lyon museum, not the Louvre, which owns a vast Poussin collection. This episode centers on newly acquired "The Flight into Egypt." It has a colorful provenance. But wait--there are 2 paintings.
___4 WATTEAU 1684-1721
Louvre owns 12 unsigned, undated, with painting titles created posthumously.
"Pierrot (Gilles)" 1718-19
"Pilgrim to Cythera" 1717
___5 LEONARDO 1452-1519
Louvre owns 7 of 15 known paintings. An intellectual & emotional review.
"La Belle Ferronniere" (Portrait of a Woman)
"The Virgin of the Rocks" (one of Leonardo's first)