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Baroque! From St Peter's to St Paul's

Baroque! From St Peter's to St Paul's is a BBC documentary series presented by Waldemar Januszczak, exploring the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Baroque period. The series consists of three episodes which explores the Baroque tradition in many of its key locations. Starting in Italy and following the spread of the wildfire across Europe and beyond, art critic Waldemar Januszczak takes a tour of the best examples of Baroque to be found, and tells the best stories behind those works.

Episode 1 - Italy
Waldemar Januszczak explores St Peter's in Rome, and details the birth of the Baroque tradition as it burst forth in Italy.

Episode 2 - Spain and Netherlands
Waldemar Januszczak follows Baroque to its dark heart in Spain, focusing on the route of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Then he explores Baroque art in Netherlands.

Episode 3 - England
Waldemar Januszczak explores the English Baroque tradition that finds its climax through a tour of London's Hawksmoor churches, and Christopher Wren's iconic St Paul's Cathedral.


Related Links
Baroque - wikipedia
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