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Age of the Titans, The

Synopsis
A DVD compilation of three 30-minute films on Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael.

Titian - discussion of "Le Concert champêtre"
Giorgione or Titian? One of the world’s most famous painting’s attribution remains uncertain to this day. And what exactly does the pastoral scene represent? Why two nude women next to two clothed men? What do their gestures mean? What music are they playing? Why this precise landscape and these sheep? The best way to understand the painting and its allusions is to plunge into the sixteenth century Venetian cultural context, and to confront the painting with its more contemporary counterparts, such as Manet’s "Partie de campagne."

Leonardo Da Vinci - discussion of "Sainte-Anne, La Vierge et l’enfant Jésus"
Leonardo da Vinci began his career around 1472 in Florence and made his name as a portraitist. He worked for several patrons in Italy including Cardinal Giuliano dei Medici in Rome, after whose death he accepted an invitation of François I, King of France. He died in May 1519 at "Clos Lucé" near Amboise. "Painting extends to all functions of the eye, which are ten in number, namely darkness and light, volume and colour, figure and setting, distance, proximity, movement and rest" (Leonardo). In the centre is Saint Anne: she wears her hair braided, her eyes are lowered and she is smiling. Sealed on her knees, the Virgin Mary, wearing a low-necked dress, is leaning toward the infant Jesus. Do the writings and drawings of the painter, evidence of the first versions of this painting, give us a key to this very strange picture?

Raphael - discussion of "Portrait de Baldassare Castiglione"
The renowned Count Baldassare Castiglione sat for his friend Raphael. The finished portrait impressed Rembrandt, Rubens, and several other painters up to Matisse. Raphael rendered the face open and sympathetic, while baring the backdrop. Every technical detail is examined to better understand how the portrait was painted; the cloth, hair style, materials and the model’s posture are all of infinite importance. And beyond the obvious friendship between the painter and his model, the portrait reveals the philosophy of an entire period.
Series
Palettes, Series
Language
English
Country
France
Subjects
Art
Keywords
history of art; paintings; Raphael (1483-1520); Titian; da Vinci, Leonardo (1452-1519)

Credits

Director
Alain Jaubert

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 minutes
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

ARTE France

Email
http://www.arteboutique.com/inputContact.action
Web
http://boutique.arte.tv/ External site opens in new window
Address
STACI
ARTE Boutique 1610
B.P. 59124 - 95074 Cergy Pontoise
France
Notes
An extensive range of programmes broadcast on the French Arte channel, relating to art and culture. Most are only available in French, but some have English audio or subtitles. Sale on Region 2 PAL DVD.

Distributor

Name

Quantum Leap

Notes
The company ceased trading in 2018. It was previously a distributor and online retailer specialising in non-fiction DVD titles on a wide variety of subjects, particularly in the areas of music instruction, music performance, sport instruction, and health. Some titles also available through retail outlets.
 

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