Beyond The Canvas

Drama documentaries this week looking at the creation of specific paintings.

Series of drama documentaries inspired by great paintings,


0101Judith Beheading Holofernes2000032720010522Lucy Gough's drama reflects on the problems of being a female artist in 17th-century Florence.

With Anna Chancellor, Susan Jeffrey and David Perks.

Germaine Greer discusses Artemesia Gentileschi's interpretation of the apocryphal story of Judith's seduction and decapitation of the enemy leader Holofernes.

0102Nocturne In Blue And Gold2000032820010523by Geoffrey Beevers.

Whistler's painting of Old Battersea Bridge prompted Ruskin to accuse the artist of `flinging a pot of paint in the face of the public'.

A libel case ensued which many believe changed the course of art history.

With James Jordan, Ian Brooker, David Timson and David Holt.

Richard Dorment examines the painting.

0103 LASTNevermore2000032920010524Nicholas Mcinerny's drama tells the story of Gauguin's painting, a response to the death of his wife's baby.

Gauguin responded with one of his most striking paintings, depicting his wife as a nude Venus in a tropical setting, with a raven gazing over the scene.

With Anton Lesser and Inika Leigh Wright.

The painting is discussed by Prof John House.

0201The Last Of England20030121by David Calcutt.

Ford Madox Brown's masterpiece depicts emigrants on a boat bound for Australia.

0202The Death Of Chatterton20030122by Kelvin Segger.

The story behind Henry Wallis's depiction of the suicide of a young romantic poet.

0203 LASTJudith Beheading Holofernes20030123Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son hangs in St Petersburg, the starting point for Tim Jackson's play.