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Discover the Great Masters of Art - Collection (9 DVD) Box Set

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Duke Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2011
  • Run Time: 431 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LBZLK8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,503 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Collection of documentaries exploring the lives and careers of some of the most noted Rennaisance and Baroque artists. The programmes examine the works and influences of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Raphael, Giotto, Beato Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Bernardo Strozzi and Tintoretto.

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Discover The Great Masters Of Art

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly but not great value 24 Aug 2013
The first positive thing to say about this collection is that it exists at all: serious programmes about Italian art are few and far between. And it is good to have factual shows that focus on the subject rather than the presenter. They give a good biography of each artist, looking at certain key works.

The videos are visually pleasing, though perhaps show a lot of views at the expense of dwelling on the artworks being discussed, so it is best to keep the pause button handy. They are Italian programmes that have had an English voiceover over-imposed, but are none the worse for that, and the narrator is amusing is his rather exaggerated pronunciation of Italian names.

However, they are quite short, generally 30-40 minutes each. With a subject as huge as Italian renaissance art there are bound to be disputable omissions, but some of the inclusions seem strange. The Flemish van Dyck is featured, and it is baffling that Strozzi merits a place in the collection.

The biggest negative of the collection is the horrendous background music: think pan pipes and Casio mini-keyboards churning out old favourites. This really jars with the scholarly approach employed, the beauty of the art and the fruitiness of the narration.

With so little competition this collection can be recommended, but it is not great value for money at this length.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but very dull 4 May 2013
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This series has lots of key information, but I find the dialogue sends me to sleep! Whilst it is great to watch a series that focuses on the artists rather than the presenter, the dialogue is very monotone and I found my mind wandering and then frustrated that I'd not followed it and was non the wiser. To be frank, I have watched two or three in this series and am unlikely to watch them all.
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