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The Renaissance Unchained
The Renaissance Unchained
The Renaissance Unchained
240 min • History, Culture • 2016

In this series critic and writer Waldemar Januszczak challenges the traditional review that the European Renaissance originated in southern Europe, advocating a case for the north instead.

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Gods Myths and Oil Paints
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1. Gods Myths and Oil Paints
60 mins

Waldemar Januszczak challenges the traditional notion of The Renaissance having fixed origins in Italy and showcases the ingenuity in both technique and ideas behind great artists such as Van Eyck, Memling, Van der Weyden, Cranach, Reimenschneider and Durer.

Whips Deaths and Madonnas
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2. Whips Deaths and Madonnas
60 mins

Waldemar Januszczak traces the Italian Renaissance from its perceieved origins with Giotto, and looks at the importance of religious narrative in art.

Silk Sex and Sin
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3. Silk Sex and Sin
60 mins

Waldemar Januszczak focuses on Venice and its extraordinary impact on art history. He celebrates colour, drama and vitality by looking at the delicate colours of Bellini, the mystery of Giorgione, the splendour of Titan, the drama and chaos of Tintoretto and the glorious banquets of Veronese.

Hell Snakes and Giants
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4. Hell Snakes and Giants
60 mins

Waldemar Januszczak looks at the climax of the Renaissance as it spiralled into madness and distortion, a period full of war, confusion and darkness.

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