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A certain viewpoint,
This review is from: Simon Schama's The Power Of Art: The Complete BBC Series [DVD]  (DVD)
It's true that Simon Schama's view is fairly narrow and that the reconstructions can be a bit distracting but these are small points when compared with what this series has to offer.
The paintings selected are all fascinating and their history and their artist's life stories are delivered in a captivating and entertaining manner. The problem with replacing the reconstructions with various experts giving their opinion is that it becomes yet another 'arty' programme that will not have much appeal to those not generally interested in art.
The programme keeps up a rapid pace throughout and Schama is certainly passionate about his subject. Well filmed and paced this may be somewhat 'dummed down' but it should not be dismissed out of hand. If you're interested in art then you will likely do your own research but perhaps only into those paintings or styles that are of interest to you, here a wide variety of styles and times are included and may well open an interest in something or someone you had previously overlooked, ( I previously knew little of Carravagio ),.
There is much to enjoy in this series and Schama is a refreshing change from the usual monotone that accompanies so many art studies. If you haven't seen this I would recommend you give it a try.