Renaissance Unchained

Season 1

Famed British art critic and TV presenter Waldemar Januszczak challenges the traditional notion that the Renaissance had fixed origins in Italy. He explores the ingenuity in both technique and ideas throughout Europe in great artists such as Van Eyck, Memling, Van der Weyden, Cranach, Riemenschneider and Durer. This series shines as it delves into the intersection of art and history and politics.

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1. Gods, Myths and Oil Paintings

Waldemar Januszczak challenges the traditional notion of the Renaissance having fixed origins in Italy and showcases the ingenuity in both technique and ideas behind great artists such as Van Eyck, Memling, Van der Weyden, Cranach, Riemenschneider and Durer.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour Release date: December 22, 2015
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2. Whips, Deaths and Madonnas

Waldemar returns to Italy to trace the Italian Renaissance from its perceived origins with Giotto and takes a look at the importance of religious narrative in Italian art. While there were certainly a few aesthetic influences from classical art, the majority of Italian painting and sculpture in the 14th and 15th centuries was created to inspire devotion.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: December 22, 2015
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3. Silk, Sex and Sin

Waldemar focuses on Venice and its extraordinary impact on art history. He celebrates color, drama and vitality by looking at the delicate colors of Bellini, the mystery of Giorgione, the splendour of Titian, the drama and chaos of Tintoretto and the glorious banquets of Veronese.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 1 hour Release date: December 22, 2015
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4. Hell, Snakes and Giants

In the final episode Waldemar looks at the surprising climax of the Renaissance as it spiralled into madness and distortion. This was a period full of war, confusion and darkness, which was captured perfectly in the art of Leonardo, Bosch, Arcimboldo, Palissy, the Italian Mannerists and El Greco.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: December 22, 2015
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