Think your body’s a work of art? 17th-century Dutch anatomists would agree.
How has what’s inside us been depicted on canvas over the centuries? In this series, Dr Adam Rutherford examines the close relationships between discoveries in anatomy and the works of art that illustrate them.
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In this passionate and informed program, he meets artists, art critics and art historians, as well as collectors and anatomists, to help him uncover the meaning and power of these pieces.
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Grayson Perry's Art Club
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Shock of The Nude
Peek behind the fig leaf to find the truth behind the nude in art.
The World's Greatest Paintings
What makes a particular artwork an iconic masterpiece? Andrew Marr investigates.
The Art Mysteries
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The Story of Women and Art
Restless, resistant and radical. How female artists transformed art from the outside
The Romantic Revolution
Wild visionaries and imaginative truth seekers whose radical ideas still resonate today.
Hokusai: Old Man Crazy To Paint
You may not know his name but you’ll instantly recognize Hokusai’s most famous work.
In Search of Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo’s face is iconic. Musician Emeli Sandé uncovers the woman behind the art.
Soup Cans and Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World
Obsessed with sex, surface and celebrity. Was pop art radically ahead of its time?
Simon Schama's Power of Art
Eight masterpieces. Eight big names who changed the world. An electrifying feast of art.
Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds
Paris, Vienna and New York. The seismic influence of three cities on the artistic world.
A Brief History of Graffiti
From cave art to street art - what drives human beings to draw on the walls?
Me, My Selfie and I
Know thy selfie: We’re so obsessed with how we look, are we forgetting who we are?
The Man Who Shot New York
More than just a photographer, New Yorker Harold Feinstein had an unquenchable thirst for life.
Art of America
Andrew Graham-Dixon tries to reach the heart of America through its art and artists.
The Persians: A History of Iran
How was the world's first empire born and what led to its ultimate destruction?
The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women
Why is Erwin Blumenfeld, whose vision helped to shape modern photography, forgotten today?
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What can still life images of ordinary objects tell us about the artists who created them?
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Vincent: The Full Story
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The Art of Architecture
What does it take to plan and build some of the planet’s most awe-inspiring structures?
War Art with Eddie Redmayne
Academy Award winning actor Eddie Redmayne discovers the artists who saved lives during WW1