Understanding Art: Baroque & Rococo

Season 1

In Baroque! From St. Peter's to St. Paul's, Januszczak follows the trajectory of baroque from its beginnings as a Vatican-sanctioned religious art style to its ascendance as the first global art movement. In Rococo before Bedtime, he pulls back the gilded façade of rococo to reveal the deep imprint it left on politics, culture, religion, and even America's Declaration of Independence.

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1. Baroque! From St. Peter's to St. Paul's: Episode 1

As the Reformation rocks the Catholic Church in Italy, Caravaggio keeps the faith by bringing biblical scenes to life in vivid, dramatic canvases. Architects Bernini and Borromini design cathedrals with sensual curves and playful geometric patterns. In Naples, art turns deadly as painters ruthlessly defend their turf.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: January 1, 2014
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2. Baroque! From St. Peter's to St. Paul's: Episode 2

Spanish painter Velázquez renders an incestuous royal family in grotesque glory, while Zurbarán paints the fervent ecstasy of martyrs and monks. In Holland, Vermeer and Rembrandt break new ground with intimate portraits of locals at work and play, while Rubens pursues voluptuous passions in Belgium.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: January 1, 2014
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3. Baroque! From St. Peter's to St. Paul's: Episode 3

Baroque lands in England, and King Charles I champions painters Rubens and Van Dyck--with deadly consequences. In the wake of a devastating fire, Christopher Wren designs 51 cathedrals in London in grand baroque style. In the countryside, Blenheim Palace takes baroque to absurd new heights.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: January 1, 2014
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4. Rococo before Bedtime: Travel

In Heidelberg, pilgrims loosen their purse strings after thrilling to Balthasar Neumann's extravagant Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Saxony's Augustus the Strong ruthlessly unlocks the secrets of porcelain manufacturing, fueling a craze for exotic figurines. On the Adriatic, Canaletto's sunny paintings of Venice gloss over its gritty reality.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour Release date: January 21, 2014
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5. Rococo before Bedtime: Pleasure

France's Watteau populates canvases with delirious lovers, while England's Gainsborough paints a new view of childhood. In Versailles, a social climber leaves a lasting legacy in nail polish, champagne glasses, and hairstyles. Between conquests, Frederick the Great finds respite in Sanssouci, a single-story rococo sanctuary.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour Release date: January 22, 2014
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6. Rococo before Bedtime: Madness

A member of England's notorious Hellfire Club, William Hogarth paints scathing attacks on Catholicism. Throughout Europe, masked revelers break taboos in balls inspired by the harlequin. Tiepolo signals Venice's decline with frescoes haunted by a menacing hunchback, and in Spain, Goya's nightmares spill over into haunting paintings.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour Release date: January 24, 2014
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7. The Lost Genius of British Art: William Dobson

Januszczak examines the life and work of underrated English artist William Dobson, who as exiled King James's court painter, brought the English Civil War to life.

TV-NRSubtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: January 1, 2014
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