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What is Beauty?

Synopsis
Artist and writer Matthew Collings presents an exploration of the subject of beauty in art, as he wonders if beauty is only in the eye of the beholder, or if there is something more universal we can say about it? Collings takes the viewer on an illustrated tour of ten of his favourite beauty experiences from the history of art. The works of art he chooses each illustrate one of the principles which he believes underpin and explain the pleasure we get from beautiful art. The pieces he chooses span the history of recorded art, from the prehistoric cave paintings of the Dordogne to the hi-tech super-modernity of a Norman Foster-designed bridge in southern France, and from some of the indisputable masterpieces of the Renaissance to more contentious examples from the world of contemporary art. Collings’s list includes works by Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Magritte, Gauguin and American artist Robert Rauschenberg, amongst others .
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2009
Notes
First broadcast on BBC2 on 14/11/2009.
Subjects
Art
Keywords
aesthetics; art appreciation; art criticism; art history; Foster, Norman; Gauguin, Paul (1848-1904); Magritte, René (1898-1967); Piero della Francesca (1420-1492); Rauschenberg, Robert; cave art

Credits

Director
Neil Crombie
Contributor
Matthew Collings

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£9.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

Simply Media

Contact
Laura Smith
Email
info@simplymedia.tv
Web
http://www.simplymedia.tv/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0203 542 3722
Address
Highlight House
57 Margaret Street
London W1W 8SJ
Notes
Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment or DDHE

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