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The Renaissance Arrives

We think of the Renaissance as something that happened only in Italy, or in continental Europe. Art historian Dr James Fox believes otherwise - that Britain had its own Renaissance - one that easily measures up to the explosion of art and ideas that happened on the continent.

He tells the story of the painters, sculptors, poets, playwrights, composers, inventors, explorers, craftsmen and scientists who revolutionised the way we saw the world.

In the first episode, he traces the story of how the arrival of a handful of foreign artists in the 16th century sparked a cultural revolution in Britain.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 4 Jan 2017 00:30


Role Contributor
PresenterJames Fox
Executive ProducerJonty Claypole
ProducerHelen Shariatmadari
DirectorHelen Shariatmadari
Series ProducerJulian Birkett

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