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This week there is a great opportunity to build up a bank of Art resources from television; while Andrew Graham Dixon continues his exploration of the Art of Scandinavia (previous episodes of this series available on iPlayer), there are also late night repeats on BBC4 and BBC2 of documentaries about major artists or artworks.  Once broadcast again, all of these programmes will be available to view though the iPlayer.  There is also a great selection of art documentaries archived in BBC Four Collections, and a few of these are included in this post.


The Art of Scandinavia    21 March BBC4 9pm

Andrew Graham Dixon continues his journey through Scandinavian art and landscape, and looks at how  Denmark emergeds from modest beginnings to become one of the greatest powers and arbiters of taste in northern Europe.


Holbein Eye of the Tudors   BBC2, 25 March 3am

Originally broadcast in January 2015, in this culture show special Waldemar Januszczak looks at the life and work of Hans Holbein.


Schama on Rembrandt       BBC2, 23 March 3.45am

Originally broadcast in October 2014 to coincide with the National Gallery’s landmark Rembrandt exhibition, in this film Simon Schama looks at the masterpieces created by the painter in his later life.


Rubens: an Extra Story      BBC2, 23 March 4.45am

In this re-examination of Rubens art,  Waldemar Januszczak looks in detail at Rubens’s fascinating life, and by understanding his art in more enlightened ways, Waldemar sets out to correct the extra-large misconceptions that have arisen about this artist and his work.


Goya Exposed with Jake Chapman      BBC4, 29 March 2.30am

In this film artist Jake Chapman explores why Francisco Goya’s set of 83 etchings entitled “The Disasters of War” have provided the inspiration for countless Chapman Brothers artworks, some of which were nominated for the Turner Prize.  From the BBC4 website:

“He re-examines his relationship to the Spanish artist by visiting Goya’s hometown Zaragoza for the first time, and by spending time at the Prado in Madrid where some of Goya’s greatest works hang on the walls.”


Tales of Winter: The Art of Snow and Ice        BBC4, 31 March 1.30am

Originally broadcast in January 2013, this film

“charts how mankind’s ever-changing struggle with winter has been reflected in western art throughout the ages, resulting in images that are now amongst the greatest paintings of all time. With contributions from Grayson Perry, Will Self, Don McCullin and many others, the film takes an eclectic group of people from all walks of life out into the cold to reflect on the paintings that have come to define the art of snow and ice.”


Further Art Resources from BBC Collections:


While searching for other resources I discovered the Henry Moore micro-site, part of BBC Collections. This includes whole programmes and clips such as

Henry Moore

First transmitted in 1960, Huw Wheldon visits Henry Moore at his home in the run-up to a major exhibition of his work at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Wheldon tries to uncover deeper meanings and motivations in the artist’s work, but Moore freely admits that he doesn’t want to examine himself too thoroughly in case it inhibits his ability to create. “  (20 minutes)


Henry Moore: Carving a Reputation

2 part documentary 1st shown in 2001 marking the centenary of the sculptor’s birth.

And finally

Abstract Art

Influential abstract artists discuss their work in this selection of archive programmes.