Arts & Literature

Art, Passion and Power: The Story of the Royal Collection

Art, Passion and Power: The Story of the Royal Collection

The Royal Collection is the last great art collection acquired by any of the royal families of Europe to have survived into the twenty-first century. Containing over a million art pieces and precious objects, it not only contains work by some of the world’s most famous artists, but it also reveals the personal history, tastes, and obsessions of the British monarchy over the last 500 years.

Face of Britain by Simon Schama

Face of Britain by Simon Schama

Before we can walk, before we can talk, we become readers of faces. This primal engagement with the face makes portraiture one of the most compelling forms of art. Historian Simon Schama explores the history of British portraiture, revealing the stories behind the most fascinating images in British art and examines the ways portraiture is used to make a statement.

Decoding Turner

Decoding Turner

JMW Turner is one of Britain’s most notable and revered artists. His magnificent paintings are world famous, but what if they’re not what they seem? This art documentary promises to change the way Turner’s work is interpreted. Art historians, academics and Turner fanatics reveal the startling hidden codes and mystery elements they believe are woven into his romantic paintings.

Becoming Frida Kahlo

becoming frida kahlo

There are many myths that surround the passionate, radical Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the most famous female artist of the 20th century. This compelling art documentary attempts to set the record straight. It reveals how politics, love and art shaped Frida as an individual and as an artist. And it shows how she ultimately strived to be free from the control and influence of men.

Wonderland: The Story of Christmas

wonderland: the story of christmas

So many classic children’s books deal with the festive season. There are Christmassy moments in great works by Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Kenneth Grahame, J. M. Barrie, J.R.R. Tolkien and many more. This compelling arts documentary delves into both the joyous descriptions of yuletide created by these writers and also some darker moments in Christmas stories.