Dream of Plenty

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Episode 1 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Andrew Graham-Dixon shows how the art of Renaissance Flanders evolved from the craft of precious tapestries within the Duchy of Burgundy into a leading painting school in its own right. Starting his journey at the magnificent altarpiece of Ghent Cathedral created by the Van Eyck brothers, Andrew explains their groundbreaking innovation in oil painting and marvels at how the colours they obtained can still remain so vibrant today.

Andrew describes how, in the early Renaissance, the most urgent preoccupation was not the advancement of learning, humanist or otherwise, but the Last Judgment. People believed they were living in the end of days; a subject popular with preachers and artists and intensely realised in swarming microscopic detail by Hieronymus Bosch.

Credits

Presenter
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Producer
Ian Leese
Director
Ian Leese
Series Producer
Silvia Sacco
Executive Producer
Basil Comely

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Andrew Graham-Dixon Interview

Interview: Andrew Graham Dixon

Read Andrew's thoughts on the art and culture of the Low countries

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