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The Long Shadow

Filming in Italy, Germany, France and Britain, Alastair Sooke explores the extraordinary afterlife of Greek masterpieces that changed the course of western culture.

Alastair Sooke explores the extraordinary afterlife of the Greek masterpieces that changed the course of western culture. Succeeding centuries have found in ancient Greek art inspiration for their own ideals and ambitions. Filming in Italy, Germany, France and Britain, Alastair's investigation includes The Venus of Knidos, the first naked woman in western art, the bronze horses of St Mark's in Venice which became a pawn in an imperial game and the naked discus thrower, the Discobolus, personally bought by Adolf Hitler and used by him as a symbol of Aryan supremacy.

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Mon 17 Jun 2019 01:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:20

    Ibolya Verebics

    St. Matthew Passion, Bwv 244: Erbarme Dich, Mein Gott

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Role Contributor
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Writer Alastair Sooke
Producer Suniti Somaiya
Director Suniti Somaiya
Executive Producer Julian Birkett

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