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The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak

Series 1

Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Waldemar Januszczak studies Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and discovers within the painting a startling secret. Show more

The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak

Series 1

Gauguin's Vision After the Sermon

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Waldemar Januszczak uncovers the symbols and mystery within Gauguin’s epic religious painting about good and evil, temptation and desire. Show more

The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak

Series 1

Seurat's Les Poseuses

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Why did Seurat place his masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, in the background of what is probably his least-known painting, Les Poseuses? Show more

The Art Mysteries with Waldemar Januszczak

Series 1

Cezanne's Card Players

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Why did Cezanne paint two old men hunched over a game of cards? Waldemar Januszczak explores the artist's religious beliefs to uncover the secrets of a haunting masterpiece. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 5 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 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 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: 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

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

Duration: 1 hour

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

Available for 5 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 5 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

Handmade in Bolton

Series 1

Visigothic Brooch

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Available for 3 months

Oxford historian Dr Janina Ramirez sets Shaun Greenhalgh, once a prolific forger, the challenge of making a jewelled eagle brooch of the kind worn by Visigoth chieftains in the Dark Ages. Show more

Handmade in Bolton

Series 1

Nottingham Alabaster

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Available for 3 months

Dr Janina Ramirez sets ex-forger Shaun Greenhalgh the challenge of making an alabaster carving of the kind mass-produced in Catholic England in the centuries before the Reformation. Show more

Handmade in Bolton

Series 1

Palissy Plate

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Available for 3 months

Ex-forger Shaun Greenhalgh is set the task of making a Renaissance animal plate of the type invented by the great French potter Bernard Palissy. Show more

Handmade in Bolton

Series 1

Rock Crystal Bottle

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland HD

Available for 2 months

Dr Janina Ramirez sets ex-forger Shaun Greenhalgh the almost impossible task of carving an Islamic bottle out of rock crystal in the style of the 10th-century Egyptian Fatimids. Show more