Rococo: Before Bedtime

Season 1
(17)201416+

Following the grandeur of the Baroque in art, the Rococo period is often dismissed as frivolous and unserious. The famed art historian and British television presenter Waldemar Januszczak disagrees. He re-examines the work of Rococo painters like Hogarth and Goya and finds rich themes ranging from satire to the macabre. In the Rococo, he sees the dramatic early beginning of the modern world.

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Episodes (3)

  1. 1. Travel
    October 24, 2014
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    Travel in the 18th century greatly impacted some of the finest art ever made. The world was getting smaller and took on new influences shown in the glorious Bavarian pilgrimage architecture, Canaletto's romantic Venice and the blossoming of exotic designs and tastes all over Europe.
  2. 2. Pleasure
    October 24, 2014
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    Waldemar looks at the pursuit of pleasure in the Rococo age, to which a huge amount of cultural energy was devoted. For the first time in history, pleasure and happiness were seen as unalienable human rights that everyone was free to pursue and is reflected so poignantly in the art.
  3. 3. Madness
    October 24, 2014
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    When you spend as much time as the Rococo did having fun and escaping reality, madness soon sets in. The 18th century is seen as the era of frivolity and enjoyment, but in an age of such decadence there was also the brutish satire of Hogarth, the mysterious masked figures of Longhi, the anguish of Messerschmidt and the depths of Goya's macabre genius.

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Producers
Lidia Ciszewska
Season year
2014
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MagellanTV; Magellan TV
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