BBC Four puts science at the heart of its Autumn/Winter schedule
Art Of Italy Season
The Art Of Italy Season shines a light on some of the powerful individuals who funded, crafted and inspired the masterpieces behind arguably the most influential period in the history of art, changing its course forever.
In Travels With Vasari, Andrew
Graham-Dixon goes in search of the
world's first art critic. Giorgio Vasari
was a complex, humane and
entertaining individual whose
pen-portraits introduced the idea of
artists as celebrities possessing
book as his guide, Andrew retraces
the author's journey through Italy in
an attempt to discover the man
behind the lives of the artists.
The Medici – The Art Of Making
Money explains how a family of
humble money-lenders became
incredibly rich through banking.
Andrew reveals how the artistic
tastes of one grand family, with
rivalry and murder jostling
alongside the sumptuous works of
genius, bankrolled some of the
most wonderful art the world has
The Perfect House, by director Tim
Kirby, marks the quincentenary of
the birth of Palladio. The film
examines the architect's life, work
and legacy and shows how Palladio's
ideas have influenced architecture
all over the world – from the 18th
century stately homes of England to
the White House.
A major new three-part series celebrates the importance and impact of Baroque, the first global art movement, as it travelled from Catholic Rome to Protestant London.
Written and presented by Waldemar Januszczak, the series was filmed in locations across Europe and South America.
The first programme looks at the creative energy of the movement as it
emerged in Italy.
In the second programme, Waldemar follows the Baroque
as it spreads southwards to Spain and the Spanish colonies.
The final instalment looks at the movement's northern journey through
Germany and Holland – culminating in its arrival in England and its influence
on the architecture of Wren and Hawksmoor and the music of Purcell.
To accompany the series, BBC Four will be showing a selection of related