Learn Through Videos: Arts

This is a collection of links to educational videos about artists and arts, which are made for a general audience. The videos listed in this collection include lectures and documentary films about artists, visual arts, architecture, performing arts, and art history. They explore hundreds of different paintings and sculptures; look at why humans developed imagery or visual art and how visual art has influenced society; trace the story of music from the ancient world to the modern day; show how elements such as melody, rhythm, and texture create an infinite variety of sounds; explore beautiful and precious man-made objects in the world; and explore the history of photography. And also they tell stories about the lives and works of great artists.

Simon Schama's Power of Art
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Simon Schama, featuring eight artists - Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko - and their works.

Fine Art Collection
This is a BBC art documentary series hosted by Dilly Barlow and Leslie Megahey, exploring the life, work and legacy of some of the great masters of art from various periods.

Every Picture Tells a Story
What did Gainsborough intend for the conspicuous void in Mr and Mrs Andrews? Why did Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa capture the world's imagination?

Private Life of a Masterpiece
This reveals the full and fascinating stories behind famous works of art, not just how they came to be created, but also how they influenced others and came to have a life of their own in the modern world.

Behind the Artist
This is a ten-part art documentary series which takes a deeper look at the art world through interviews with artists, art historians and curators as they look at unique artists and venues.

Great Artists with Tim Marlow
This is an art documentary series presented by Tim Marlow, looking at the lives and works of some of the greatest artists in history.

Great Artists: Romantics and Realists
This is a documentary series about the lives, times and works of some of the great painters in Romanticism and Realism.

Great Artists: The Impressionists
This is a documentary series that chronicles the lives, times and works of some of the great Impressionist painters such as Camille Pissarro and Edouard Manet.

Impressionism: Revenge of the Nice
This is a art documentary presented by Matthew Collings, reappraising Impressionism by examining the lives and works of Courbet, Manet, Cezanne and Monet.

Impressionist Painting: French Painting 1850 - 1900
Hosted by Louise Govier, this film shows how nineteenth-century French artists exploited new subject matter, such as the bourgeoisie at leisure.

Great Artists: The Post-Impressionists
This is a documentary series that chronicles the lives, times and works of some of the great Post-Impressionist painters including Paul Cezanne.

The Great Artists: The English Masters
This is a documentary series that chronicles the lives, times and works of some of the English masters - Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Blake, Turner and Constable.

Renaissance by Andrew Graham-Dixon
Andrew Graham-Dixon looks at the Italian Renaissance from its origins in the thirteenth century, through fifteenth-century Florence, to its end in the sixteenth century.

Northern Renaissance
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Joseph Leo Koerner, about the Renaissance in Northern Europe.

Forger's Master Class
This is a ten-part documentary series hosted by John Myatt, teaching aspiring artists how to paint in the style of some of the most well-known artists of all time.

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