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The Dark Ages: An Age of Light

Episode 4: The Men of the North

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Waldemar Januszczak looks at the Vikings with their intricately-decorated long ships, and the Irish and Anglo-Saxons' manuscript illumination and jewellery. Show more

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light

Episode 2: What the Barbarians Did for Us

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Focusing on the Huns, Vandals and Goths, Waldemar Januszczak follows each tribe's European journey and discovers the art they produced along the way. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Waldemar Januszczak re-examines Rococo art. He looks at travel in the 18th century and how it impacted on art, from Bavarian pilgrimage architecture to Canaletto's Venice. Show more

The Renaissance Unchained

Episode 2: Whips, Deaths and Madonnas

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Waldemar Januszczak traces the Italian Renaissance from its perceived origins with Giotto, and looks at the importance of religious narrative in art. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Waldemar Januszczak looks at Rococo's descent into madness, including Hogarth's brutish satire, Longhi's masked figures, Messerschmidt's anguish and Goya's macabre genius. Show more

The Renaissance Unchained

Episode 1: Gods, Myths and Oil Paints

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Waldemar Januszczak challenges the idea of the Renaissance having fixed origins in Italy and showcases northern European artists like Van Eyck and Durer. Show more

The Renaissance Unchained

Episode 4: Hell, Snakes and Giants

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Waldemar Januszczak looks at the climax of the Renaissance as it spiralled into madness and distortion, a period full of war, confusion and darkness. Show more

The Renaissance Unchained

Episode 3: Silk, Sex and Sin

Duration: 60 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Waldemar Januszczak looks at Venice's impact on art. He celebrates colour, drama and vitality in the works of Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. Show more

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light

Episode 3: The Wonder of Islam

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Waldemar Januszczak examines the early artistic explorations of the first Muslims, the development of their mosques and their scientific achievements. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Waldemar Januszczak looks at the pursuit of pleasure in the Rococo age, which was reflected so poignantly in the art of Boucher, Watteau, Gainsborough and Tiepolo. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 3 months

Series looking at American art. The first episode is set in the Wild West and begins with the sublime art of the Hudson River School. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 3 months

Series looking at American art. Waldemar Januszczak is on the East Coast, where he explores the works of George Bellows, Reginald Mash, Thomas Wilfred and Mark Rothko. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 3 months

Series looking at American art. Waldemar Januszczak looks at America's most controversial cultural territory - the interstitial America of small towns and trailer parks. Show more

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light

Episode 1: The Clash of the Gods

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Reappraising the Dark Ages, Waldemar Januszczak sees how Christian artists used images of ancient gods for inspiration and developed new architectural forms. Show more

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Artists love the story of Mary Magdalene. Waldemar Januszczak explores how the image of Mary Magdalene has evolved in art. Show more

Contributors

Composer:
Simon Russell
Editor:
Kirsi Pyy
Executive Producer:
Peter Grimsdale
On-line editing:
Rob Grainger
Production Company:
ZCZ Films