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Contemplate history’s most celebrated art in The World’s Greatest Paintings

How did the globe’s most recognizable paintings become international treasures? Watch this thought-provoking series as well as many other art and cultural documentaries on BBC Select – a new streaming service on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app

What makes a painting become a masterpiece celebrated for centuries? Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr recounts the intriguing stories behind some of the most iconic works of art ever produced. Why are Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire so eternally fascinating? And how much did their creators’ lives and the societies they worked in influence the paintings? Get ready to see these seminal creators and their magnum opuses in a whole new light.

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