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  • Actors: Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XU7J1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,034 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Putting Spanish art on the map

We know that Italy and Northern Europe are renowned for their art, but what about Spain? In this absorbing and original series, Spanish art gains centre stage as art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon goes on the road to reveal the fabulous art treasures of the country.

Travelling from the south to the north he explores some of Europe's most important artists from Renaissance to Modernist – including Goya, Picasso, Dali, El Greco and Velasquez. And, going 'off the beaten track', he reveals rich insights into the culture and people who live and work with the greatest Spanish art and architecture every day.

From Moorish art and the Islamic legacy on Spain and Europe to Modernism, Seville to Barcelona, food and wine, Andrew reveals that Spanish culture is every bit as rich as Italy's, with a more surprising edge.

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Andrew's journey into the art of spain is informative, entertaining, and beautiful to look at. Though his presenting style is informal, he manages to carry a sense of weight behind his opinions - whether you agree with them or not - not seen on TV since Kenneth Clark. For some reason, his work has been slow to come to DVD, so let's hope this release is a sign of things to come. His excellent series on the Rennaissance and on British art are rarely seen on TV and DVD releases are long overdue.
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This is an intelligent and visually appealing art history programme combining imaginative interpretations and beautiful camera work of both scenery and art objects. Andrew Graham-Dixon presented the history with flair and enthusiasm without being bogged down by the snobbery of traditional academic views. The programme is divided into three episodes - the Islamic south in the early period, Catholic mysticism in Central Spain in the Middle Ages, Modern masters of the 19th -20th centuries in Northern Spain. A logical division. There is not a dull moment. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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A fantastic chance to travel through an historic landscape in the company of a witty, urbane, cultured companion and to experience the beautiful heritage of Spain from the romance of Al Andalus to the extravagance of Gaudi's Barcelona. Thoroughly enjoyed this series and could happily have watched more. Really hoping that he will do Italy, Russia and the Netherlands too. Have put the Art of Germany on my wish list for February.
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This program was one of the best I have seen. I think I know quite a bit about Spanish art, in but this program they present the full impact of Moorish art and how it did survive in the Spanish art far up to our time in some ways. The explain the fanatical religius attitudes and give plausible reasons for how Spanish art and mentality have developed as they have. This gave a profound insight. Their presentation of the northern artist, the modern ones was also very interesting and entertaining. I was especially happy that they also included the exuberant filmmaker Luis Buñuel in their definition of Spanish art.
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Television presenters of art history don't come much more enthusiastic and easy to follow than Andrew Graham-Dixon, and his is a delightful and informative general view of Spanish art. I can only relate to the Andalucian section of the programme, and note in this connection he repeats the stuff that tourists love to hear, that the Moores imported just about everything from toothpaste to underarm deodorant. He attempts to do justice to the Alhambra palace but obviously couldn't gain privileged access for he and the crew to display all its wonders, so he has to resort quite a lot to the spoken word to describe one of the great wonders of southern Spain (it has to be visited early in the morning before the tourist scrum, to really be appreciated). The Alcazar in Seville (which I haven't vistited) was however a marvel to behold and it's on the list for a future holiday itinerary. I'm surprised at time of writing that his 'Art of Russia' hasn't transferrred to DVD yet, whereas the later broadcast 'Art of Germany' has, as the former is a much more interesting survey. For anyone with a general interest in Spanish art and architecture I also recommend Brian Sewell's dvd 'Naked Pilgrim' - a leisurely trip following the pilgrim trail through France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Both presenters do art history a service for the interested layman.
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WARNING ! This joyful and informative review of Spanish art might cost you a lot more than the price of the DVD. After travelling with AGD on the TV screen through Andalusia, we couldn’t help but schedule our next vacation in Spain ! Seeing the profound influence of the Arabs on Spain’s art, as pointed out by Andrew, understanding the roots of Spain’s obsession with the catholic religion, and many more items were eye-openers for us. AGD is on top of all his learning a man who communicates easily and with a sense of humour ...
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Exceptional DVD. Really liked the approach. It is in 3 programmes and gives historical perspective and political to the art and architecture of Spain. Does justice to the Moorish art and influence and the deep Catholicicm that shaped later artists
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Another fantastic Andrew Graham-Dixon series, again capturing perfectly the 'zeitgeist' of the period and country in question. Accessible, entertaining and inspiring stuff. Can't recommend it enough, even for those unfamiliar with Spanish history or art.
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