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Private Life Of A Masterpiece - The Complete Series 1 - 5 [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 1100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R343P8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This award-winning series, Life of a Masterpiece, reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world.

The works of art featured here are both instantly familiar and profoundly mysterious. Revolutionary in their conception, and iconic years after their execution, they each have their own compelling stories. For behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures are tales of political revolution, wartime escapes, massive ego clashes, social scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence.

The artists and works included in this collection are:
Renaissance Masterpieces - Sandro Botticelli: La Primavera; Paolo Uccello: The Battle of San Romano; Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper; Piero della Francesca: The Resurrection.
Seventeenth Century Masters - Rembrandt van Rijn: The Night Watch; Johannes Vermeer: The Art of Painting; Diego Velazquez: The Rokeby Venus.
Masterpieces 1800 to 1850 - Francisco Goya: The Third of May 1808; Eugene Delacroix: Liberty Leading the People; Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave.
Masterpieces 1851 to 1900 - Edouard Manet: Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe; James McNeill Whistler: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother; Edvard Munch: The Scream.
Impressionism and the Post Impressionists - Auguste Renoir: Dance at the Moulin de la Galette; Vincent Van Gogh: The Sunflowers; Georges Seurat: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte 1884.
Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century - Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon; Gustav Klimt: The Kiss; Salvador Dali: Christ of St. John of the Cross.
Masterpieces of Sculpture - Michelangelo: David; Edgar Degas: Little Dancer Aged 14; Auguste Rodin: The Kiss. In this fascinating series key works of art are investigated and the intricate details of their lives revealed - the history, contemporary reactions, and legacies of each are illustrated.

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"Every episode in this series has been unpretentious, informative and hugely entertaining.. superb television about great art."
-- The Times

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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Art lover on 14 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
This a long overdue DVD release for what, in my view, is the best art series we've seen on British TV in the last ten years. Every one of these 22 films brings you information and ideas that enable you to look at some of the best known paintings in western art, as though you've never seen them before. We discover that Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen was thought to resemble a deformed foetus by the critics who first saw her. Now she's a sculpture who is popular with ballet-loving girls all round the world. We find out the names of some of the unfortunate victims in Goya's amazing painting of a firing squad, The 3rd of May, and we get to discover exactly who shot them and why. We discover the amazing intrigues in the Medici court that lie behind Botticelli's beautifully ethereal image of the Primavera. I found out that Ucellos' Battle of San Romano, which is one of my favourite paintings in the National Gallery, is just part of a much bigger and far more complex picture. In every one of the 22 films in this box set we get to see the bigger picture, in every sense of the word. There is no presenter getting in the way. You just look at the pictures, find out the history, and hear comments from the biggest experts in the field. You also learn how images that were odd and controversial, like Munch's The Scream, became world famous by being used on the cover of Time magazine and turned into a dress by Dame Edna Everidge. Here's one series about art that is beautiful to look at, is not hung up on celebrity presenters, and never under-estimates the intelligence of the audience.
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163 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Bartolomé Mesa on 20 Nov. 2007
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I love Art and I have seen quite a few documentaries on artists and their works, but none can compare to this one. This is TV at its very best. Maybe it wasn't a great idea to call it The Private Life of a Masterpiece. One could get the wrong idea and think that what we have here is another easy popularization of great Art to make it palatable for the modern audience, watering it down and dressing it with cheap jokes. But in fact what we have here are 22 very well written and researched visual essays on 22 masterpieces. I could argue with some of the choices. Surely the so called Rokeby Venus by Velazquez cannot compare with his "Las Meninas", arguably the greatest and more profoundly meaningful painting of all time. Maybe it was easier for the BBC to do the painting in the National Gallery than the jewel of the Prado in Madrid. And some other choices seem peculiar as well. But of course all are great masterpieces and good arguments for 22 intelligent documentaries. The discs are housed in two atractive volumes, protected by a handsome and sturdy slipcase. Unfortunately three of the episodes (Ucello, Vermeer and Klimt) were shot in the old 4:3 aspect ratio, The rest are in anamorphic 16:9 and the picture and sound are first rate. If you love Art, you have to have this.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Peter Swallow on 3 Mar. 2010
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If you want a riveting, authoritative and excellently produced art appreciation series, look no further! Everyone I know adores these DVDs - each one is a masterpiece of its own, with background, analysis and new ways of looking at some of the world's best-known pieces of art. Even if you know a lot about art already, you will certainly still learn something. I personally like the series so much I have to limit myself to one viewing per day so I can continue to look forward to the next one! Five stars - and I just wish there were even more to watch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leerie on 15 May 2011
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This item was bought as a gift for my husband. He has thoroughly enjoyed it, finding it both informative and thought-provoking and something he will return to in future. It has proved an excellent choice for a gift and to be recommended to anyone who has an interest in paintings but who has not studied art to a high academic level. We would like to see more of its kind.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aphra Benn on 21 July 2010
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If you are anyway interested in Art,don't miss this DVD of the TV series.From Boticelli to Picasso,not only do you get the paintings but the story and intrigue behind them. The presentation and production is superb, BBC at its best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Jenkins on 1 Sept. 2011
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This is a wonderful collection of 22 programmes looking at some of the finest works of art (both paintings and sculpture) from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. All the works, with the exception of The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) are taken from the masterpieces of Western art (a full list of episodes is found in the product description).

This set contains the first five complete series (Series 1 to 5 were broadcast between 30 May 2001 and 17 April 2006). There have been a number of subsequent episodes made (a further seven episodes were broadcast between 2006 and 2010). Five episodes where entitled The Private Life Of A Christmas Masterpiece and two episodes were entitled The Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece. Unfortunately these do not seem to be available at this time. Hopefully at a future point a complete set containing these missing episodes will be made available.

I found every episode engaging, informative and entertaining and believe it would be a most welcome addition to any art lovers collection.

The following items may also be of interest, How Art Made The World [DVD], Civilisation : Complete BBC Series (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD].
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