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Simon Schama’s The Power of Art



Presented by celebrated historian Simon Schama, this four-part series focuses on a quartet of iconic artists—Caravaggio, Bernini, David, and Rothko—and the cultural, political, and personal forces that drove each one to create. Sumptuous on-location cinematography, superb dramatizations, and Schama’s spellbinding narratives venture directly into the life of each artist—enabling viewers to witness, as if firsthand, the birth of great paintings and sculptures. Schama delivers more than colorful storytelling, however; his consideration of major works is ripe with earnest, startling, and finely tuned interpretations. A BBCW Production. 4-part series, 52 minutes each.

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Copyright date: ©2006

Reviews & Awards

“Mr. Schama justifies the title of his series by showing how these artists transformed and transcended their times.... [Schama] masterfully weaves engaging mysteries around each a style that is so chatty and disarming that even the flintiest museumphobe wants to stick around and find out what happens next.”—The New York Times


“One of our best TV historians, Schama makes an equally impressive art critic.”—Daily Telegraph


“Simon Schama is one of those lucky people who is interesting on many subjects and downright enjoyable on most of them. The historian turns his attention to art in this new series, which proves to be just as cogent, well-argued, and entertaining as his look at British history.”—Observer


“Simon Schama’s Power of Art continues to celebrate and brilliantly elucidate the work of the world’s greatest painters and sculptors.”—Financial Times


“Programs on art history are often staid, dry affairs, but that can’t be said of this highly dramatic, visually extravagant series.... Highly recommended.”—Video Librarian

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