Documentary - Moving Pictures, The [world Service]


04Ann West's Patchwork20180117

Discover life in Regency England through the extraordinary detail of Ann West's Coverlet

Cathy FitzGerald invites you to discover new details in old masterpieces, using your phone, tablet or computer.
In episode one, stroll along the highstreet of a market town in Regency England – as imagined in a one-of-a-kind patchwork bedcover, held in the collection of the V&A Museum. This needlework masterpiece features tiny applique scenes of everyday life: children flying kites, chimney sweeps heading home from work, a fishwife off to market. Cathy FitzGerald asks if one of the little characters might be the maker herself.

(Photo: Coverlet by Ann West, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Acquired with the support of the Friends of the V&A)

05Moving Pictures: Men of the Docks by George Bellows20180124

George Bellow’s masterpiece Men of the Docks reveals life in the Brooklyn docks in 1912

Cathy FitzGerald takes us to the Brooklyn docks in New York on an icy day in 1912. That is the setting for George Bellow’s Men of the Docks, an extraordinary masterpiece from the collection of The National Gallery, London. The picture shows longshoremen waiting for work in the steely shadow of a cargo ship. Get up close and see how Bellows creates his cold and misty world - working quickly and fearlessly and using brushes, knives, even his fingers to manipulate the paint. Cathy hears why the artist wanted his masterpiece on display to greet the arrival in New York of the greatest ship in the world – The Titanic. Use your phone, tablet or computer to move around the image and discover the extraordinary details of this great masterpiece.

(Photo: Men of the Docks by George Bellows © The National Gallery, London. Bought with a grant from the American Friends of the National Gallery, made possible by Sir Paul Getty’s fund, and by a donation from Mark Getty KBE, 2014)

06Moving Pictures: The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Joos van Craesbeeck20180131

The dark, demonic landscape of a 17th Century masterpiece The Temptation of St Anthony

Episode three explores the dark, demonic landscape of a 17th Century Flemish masterpiece - The Temptation of Saint Anthony - by Joos van Craesbeeck (Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe). A giant screaming head dominates the painting; from its mouth pour tiny devils and the forehead has been peeled back to reveal a miniature artist working inside the brain. Cathy FitzGerald takes a closer look at Craesbeeck’s strange critters in the context of the early modern fascination with curiosity cabinets, monsters – and the devil.

(Photo: Joos van Craesbeeck, The Temptation of Saint Anthony © Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe)