Category Archives: Art

August 6, 2022

What The Barbarians Did For Art: The Huns, Vandals and Goths (Waldemar Januszczak) | Perspective (Video)

The “Barbarians” are often blamed for the collapse of the Roman Empire, but in reality they were fascinating civilisations that produced magnificent art. Focusing on the often already Christian Huns, Vandals and Goths, Januszczak follows each tribe’s journey across Europe to settle in new lands and discovers the incredible art they produced along the way.

August 2, 2022

Solving Art’s Greatest Mysteries With Waldemar | Art Mysteries Marathon | Perspective (Video)

Documentary series in which Waldemar Januszczak sets out to uncover the secret meanings hidden in four famous paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Seurat.

May 7, 2022

Money Killed Art. Here’s how we take it back (Video)

I was inspired to make this video based on my personal observations of the art industry and conversations I’ve had about art in the past year.

March 3, 2022

Fine Art: the world’s most secret tax scam (Video)

How fine art is used to evade taxes, and how the fine art market is a scam. In this video, I’m uncovering one of the least well known things in the global tax evasion scene: how fine art is used by people to evade taxes.

July 12, 2021

The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570 Virtual Opening | Met Exhibitions (Video)

Join Keith Christiansen, the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings, and guest curator Carlo Falciani, Professor of Art History at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, for a tour of The Medici: Portraits and Politics,

June 9, 2021

The ‘Crude’ Art Of Pleasure: Life In The Rococo Age (Art History Documentary) | Perspective

Waldemar looks at the pursuit of pleasure in the Rococo age, to which a huge amount of cultural energy was devoted. For the first time in history, pleasure and happiness were seen as unalienable human rights that everyone was free to pursue and is reflected so poignantly in the art of Boucher, Watteau, Gainsborough and Tiepolo. In its boundless search for delight it often went too far, but, put crudely, Rococo art stopped tasting like medicine and started tasting like cakes.

May 30, 2021

The mysteries of the Nefertiti bust

It has all the aspects of a real police investigation: methods, scenario, and form. This new encounter takes you into the mysteries of Nefertiti. Since its discovery in 1912, the beauty of the bust of Nefertiti has entered into legend and is still raising questions. Who is Nefertiti? Where does she come from? What’s her history? What were the circumstances of the discovery of her bust? Why has it been the object of so much desire since 1912? Is it a copy?

March 30, 2021

Venice’s San Marco, a mosaic of spiritual treasure (Video)

The Porta Sant’Alipio Mosaic, c. 1270-75, Basilica San Marco, Venice, an ARCHES video speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Rodini, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at American Academy in Rome and Dr. Steven Zucker

February 12, 2021

The “Greek Slave” was the most famous sculpture of the 19th century in America. The inspiration was the struggle of the Greek revolutionaries and the Ottoman slave markets

The most famous American statue of the 19th century depicts a naked Greek slave. It was an innovative work of art that provoked reactions from the first moment, but in the end, it was much loved.

Hiram Powers is considered one of the greatest American sculptors of all time. Born in 1805, the American artist inscribed himself in the neoclassical school. He deeply admired Greco-Roman culture and drew inspiration from ancient sculptors. In fact, in 1837 he decided to move permanently to Florence.

At that time, the situation in post-revolutionary Greece was still turbulent and the bloody memories of the struggle were still fresh. Greek-Turkish conflicts had not ceased, while Greeks living in unredeemed territories suffered under the Turkish yoke. Powers had constantly followed the development of the Greek revolution through the news that reached his homeland. The heroic struggles of the Greeks had moved him, and this was a source of inspiration.

So close to Greek reality, in 1843 he began carving the statue that would go down in history as his most important work. The “Greek Slave” represents a naked young woman, with chains in her hands. Between her bonds she holds a small cross, while at the same time resting on a colonnade.


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November 7, 2020

Norman Rockwell – Documentary

Norman Perceval Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for its reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell’s works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He also is noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), during which he produced covers for their publication Boys’ Life, calendars, and other illustrations. These works include popular images that reflect the Scout Oath and Scout Law such as The Scoutmaster, A Scout is Reverent and A Guiding Hand,[3] among many others.