When money is just an illusion

Simon Schama reflects on the meaning of money as represented by coins and notes and in art. He celebrates the solidity of coins with their seeming defiance of monetary transience in contrast to paper money which embodies more readily the ephemeral nature of fortunes made and lost. Simon Schama sees the current economic crisis as an ideal moment for artists to emulate their predecessors from earlier times of boom and bust by producing paintings to express financial worthlessness.

Release date:

Available now

10 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 May 2010 08:50

Download this programme

Download this episode

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes.

The Best of A Point of View

The Best of A Point of View

Explore highlights from the A Point of View archive.