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.