Meet the 19th century artists, writers and rebels in Simon Schama's The Romantic Revolution

Uncover rebellion, bloodshed and nostalgia in art’s Romantic period.

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The Romantic Revolution on BBC Select

The years between 1800 and 1850 marked the approximate span of the Romantic period, an era dominated by revolution, industrial toil and bloodshed. Yet a multitude of extraordinary creative works were produced in this time of turmoil, with artistic and literary giants such as William Blake, Victor Hugo and Mary Wollstonecraft thrust to the fore.

Historian and art expert Simon Schama explores the impact of the art and literature produced in this tumultuous time and asks: how are the ideas behind these creations relevant to the world we live in today?

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