The Private Life of Masterpieces Collection

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  • This award-winning series reveals the full and fascinating stories behind some of the most famous works of art of all time. Behind the beautiful canvases and sculptures are tales of revolution, wartime escapes, ego clashes, scandal, financial wrangling and shocking violence. In The Private Life of a Masterpiece, viewers will witness how these works of genius came to be created, and also how they h

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The Private Life of Masterpieces Collection

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  1. This is certainly a very good series of reviews of some of the world’s favorite masterpieces. Although it sometimes seems repetitive because the art critics, curators, etc. interviewed describe many of the works discussed as “the most reproduced image in the history of art”, or “an icon the world over”, and so on, once we get past the hype and into the background of the image all the stories are compelling and well told. I am glad to have my copy in English because here in France they are shown with a dubbed over narration which makes for an unbearable cacophony of voices.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. This is a wonderful series that I highly recommend. The focus is on one painting per artist but one learns not only the specifics of each painting but about the artist, the time in which he lived and technique.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. This series is wonderful. It’s interesting, extremely well-researched, and compelling to watch. It was enlightening to learn the backgroud of these pieces of art. It would appeal to those who love art AND history.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I bought this after seeing one of the episodes on TV on Bravo or Showcase up in Canada. I was just flipping through channels, “what is this?”. Then I waited for it to show up on Amazon.com, not just .uk.

    I’m no art major, but I have taken a couple art history classes, and this went into details that put a psycho-social connection to a painting, rather than just studying the brushwork. Each episode feels like a chapter of an artists story that you get a glimpse into, if only for a blink of an eye.

    BBC as always does a fantastic job of putting it all together. They’ve got several art historians who review the paintings, so you listen to a few interpretations. I also appreciated how they show the modern day take of the painting.

    I’ve yet to finish them all, but so far I’m very happy with my purchase.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. As professor of Art History I have previewed dozens of art documentaries. This series stands above the others due to its format (40 min. in depth on one work), good overview of other works by the artists, great historical background to put the work in context, and demonstrations of the working process of the artist. I only wish there were more!
    Rating: 4 / 5

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