Renaissance Revolution

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Arts Documentary hosted by Matthew Collings, published by BBC in 2010 - English narration

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Series on Renaissance painting, written and presented by Matthew Collings.

[edit] Raphael - The Madonna of the Meadow

The series begins with an artistic investigation into one of the most radiant and beautiful images in all of art history, The Madonna of the Meadow, painted in 1505 by Raphael. Matthew deconstructs the image with the help of the very latest high-resolution digital technology, which allows him to explore the inner secrets of Raphael's painterly effects with a clarity and at a level of detail never before seen on television. As Matthew says, it is a journey 'to the other side of an illusion', revealing how Raphael created the alluring images that were so appealing to his wealthy Renaissance clients - including the Pope - and which entranced artists for centuries after his death.

[edit] Hieronymus Bosch - The Garden of Earthly Delights

In the second programme of his series on Renaissance painting, artist and writer Matthew Collings steps into the mysterious invented world of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, painted c.1505. Using the latest high-resolution digital technology, Matthew is able to explore this extraordinary painting in minute detail and unravel some of the arcane messages that Bosch has woven into it through his use of symbols and unsettling inversions of scale. The Garden of Earthly Delights reflects the new way of thinking about the world that the Renaissance ushered in - ideas about free will and morality that challenged the old religious order and posed a question: perhaps heaven and hell are not places your soul might end up in, but states of being that are always inside you?

[edit] Piero Della Francesca - Baptism of Christ

Matthew Collings concludes the series by looking at the invention of Renaissance painting. The Baptism of Christ by Italian master Piero Della Francesca showed the household names of the High Renaissance how to use the big new trick of Renaissance painting - illusionism and perspective. Without him their achievements would have been impossible, but change came so rapidly in the Renaissance that the qualities that made Piero famous in his own time quickly went out of fashion. The Baptism was bought for the National Gallery in 1861 and later Cezanne and Picasso saw him as the real deal: the authentic, honest Renaissance, a model for modern painting. Now he is so in tune with secular modern taste that a tourist trail links his work in the beautiful hills of Umbria, Tuscany, and a few galleries around the world who own a precious panel by him. Collings follows his trail and hunts down the forensic detail in the highest-resolution images of paintings yet seen on television.

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  • Video Codec: Xvid
  • Video Bitrate: 1672 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 720x400
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.800:1
  • Frames Per Second: 25
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Streams: 2ch
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime Per Part: 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 760 MB
  • Subtitles: English
  • Source: DVB-S (HDTV)
  • Ripped by: JungleBoy

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