An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

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Arts Documentary hosted by Ben Woolley, published by BBC in 2006 - English narration

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Historian Ben Woolley discusses the attitudes to science, experimentation and even death that 18th century painting so perfectly captured in Joseph Wright of Derby's An Experiment on a Bird In The Air Pump. Ben Woolley tells the story of a neglected masterpiece: Joseph Wright of Derby's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump. Until recently, Wright was dismissed by many art critics as a minor provincial but Wright was in fact a virtuoso painter whose scientific paintings give a unique insight into the Enlightenment in Britain. Ben Woolley's deconstruction of this epic painting takes him from Wright's birthplace in Derby to East Germany, where he witnesses a reconstruction of the famous Magdeburg hemispheres experiment. He visits London's Royal Society and uncovers the strange history of animal experimentation in the 18th century.

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Video Codec: XviD 1.2 SMP
Video Bitrate: 1376 kbps
Video Resolution: 624x352
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.773:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x0055 MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 126kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 59:00.840
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 639 MB
Ripped by: Adam Cook

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