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01The Documentary20161005

01The Documentary20161005

Cathy FitzGerald invites us to discover new details in three old masterpieces, using our phone, tablet or computer. In episode one, immerse yourself in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's masterpiece The Harvesters.

It is a hot, dry day in 16th Century Flanders. Labourers grab a break from bringing in the harvest; they eat lunch and snooze under a tree. Behind them, the peaceful countryside is full of life. Scrumpers steal from an orchard, villagers enjoy harvest games on the green, monks escape the heat with a wild-swim. Cathy FitzGerald takes a walk through the landscape and then hears how the masterpiece may have brightened up a wealthy Antwerp merchant's dinner parties.

(Photo: Labourers grab a break from bringing in the harvest. A scene from The Harvesters. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Google Arts and Culture)

01The Documentary20161005

Immerse yourself in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's masterpiece The Harvesters

01The Documentary20161005

Immerse yourself in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's masterpiece The Harvesters

Cathy FitzGerald invites us to discover new details in three old masterpieces, using our phone, tablet or computer. In episode one, immerse yourself in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's masterpiece The Harvesters.

It is a hot, dry day in 16th Century Flanders. Labourers grab a break from bringing in the harvest; they eat lunch and snooze under a tree. Behind them, the peaceful countryside is full of life. Scrumpers steal from an orchard, villagers enjoy harvest games on the green, monks escape the heat with a wild-swim. Cathy FitzGerald takes a walk through the landscape and then hears how the masterpiece may have brightened up a wealthy Antwerp merchant's dinner parties.

(Photo: Labourers grab a break from bringing in the harvest. A scene from The Harvesters. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Google Arts and Culture)

01The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Documentary20161005

Immerse yourself in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's masterpiece The Harvesters

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Cathy FitzGerald invites us to discover new details in three old masterpieces, using our phone, tablet or computer. In episode one, immerse yourself in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's masterpiece The Harvesters. Follow the link to explore the picture and you'll be able to zoom in and see the tiniest details as you listen.

It is a hot, dry day in 16th Century Flanders. Labourers grab a break from bringing in the harvest; they eat lunch and snooze under a tree. Behind them, the peaceful countryside is full of life. Scrumpers steal from an orchard, villagers enjoy harvest games on the green, monks escape the heat with a wild-swim. Cathy FitzGerald takes a walk through the landscape and then hears how the masterpiece may have brightened up a wealthy Antwerp merchant's dinner parties.

(Photo: Labourers grab a break from bringing in the harvest. A scene from The Harvesters. Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Google Arts and Culture)

02A Flower Painting by Rachel Ruysch - The Documentary20161012

A long, close look at what's hiding in the undergrowth of Ruysch's bold flower painting

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

What's hiding in the undergrowth of Rachel Ruysch's bold and beautiful flower painting? Follow the link below to explore the picture and you'll be able to zoom in and see the tiniest details as you listen. This is a world where buds hiss like snakes, poppies twirl and tiny insects devour - a vibrant, fecund jungle, full of uncanny life.

Cathy FitzGerald hears how this great Dutch artist was influenced by her unusual childhood as the daughter of Frederik Ruysch, maker of one of the world's great curiosity cabinets. Frederik Ruysch's weird tableaux - created from human skeletons and embalmed bodies, insects and plants - were hugely popular in 17th Century Amsterdam and his young daughter Rachel was almost certainly involved in their creation. Is this what brings a touch of strangeness to her brilliantly observed vases and bouquets?

Cathy talks to art-experts, garden historians and artists - and asks why this brilliant painter - one of the most sought-after of her age - is so little known today.

(Picture: Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge by Rachel Ruysch, c.1680s, from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photograph by Google Arts and Culture)

02The Documentary20161012
02The Documentary20161012

A long, close look at what's hiding in the undergrowth of Ruysch's bold flower painting

What's hiding in the undergrowth of Rachel Ruysch's bold and beautiful flower painting? Follow the link below to explore the picture and you'll be able to zoom in and see the tiniest details as you listen. This is a world where buds hiss like snakes, poppies twirl and tiny insects devour - a vibrant, fecund jungle, full of uncanny life.

Cathy FitzGerald hears how this great Dutch artist was influenced by her unusual childhood as the daughter of Frederik Ruysch, maker of one of the world's great curiosity cabinets. Frederik Ruysch's weird tableaux - created from human skeletons and embalmed bodies, insects and plants - were hugely popular in 17th Century Amsterdam and his young daughter Rachel was almost certainly involved in their creation. Is this what brings a touch of strangeness to her brilliantly observed vases and bouquets?

Cathy talks to art-experts, garden historians and artists - and asks why this brilliant painter - one of the most sought-after of her age - is so little known today.

(Picture: Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge by Rachel Ruysch, c.1680s, from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photograph by Google Arts and Culture)

02The Documentary20161012

What's hiding in the undergrowth of Rachel Ruysch's bold and beautiful flower painting? Follow the link below to explore the picture and you'll be able to zoom in and see the tiniest details as you listen. This is a world where buds hiss like snakes, poppies twirl and tiny insects devour - a vibrant, fecund jungle, full of uncanny life.

Cathy FitzGerald hears how this great Dutch artist was influenced by her unusual childhood as the daughter of Frederik Ruysch, maker of one of the world's great curiosity cabinets. Frederik Ruysch's weird tableaux - created from human skeletons and embalmed bodies, insects and plants - were hugely popular in 17th Century Amsterdam and his young daughter Rachel was almost certainly involved in their creation. Is this what brings a touch of strangeness to her brilliantly observed vases and bouquets?

Cathy talks to art-experts, garden historians and artists - and asks why this brilliant painter - one of the most sought-after of her age - is so little known today.

(Picture: Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge by Rachel Ruysch, c.1680s, from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photograph by Google Arts and Culture)

A long, close look at what's hiding in the undergrowth of Ruysch's bold flower painting

03Scenes in and Around Kyoto - The Documentary20161019

Explore in minute detail a pair of Japanese screens that depict the historic city

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

What would it be like to walk the streets of 17th Century Kyoto? Cathy FitzGerald explores a sumptuous pair of Japanese screens that depict the historic city in incredible detail. Follow the link to zoom in and examine the artwork as you listen.

Temples, shrines, castles, shops and homes: the image is crammed with tiny scenes. A man in a barber's shop examines his new hair cut in a mirror. People peer down into the street to watch a parade pass. Weary pilgrims sit on a verandah, sharing fruit. Men and women of every age and every social class appear: more than 1,800 in all.

Cathy FitzGerald hears how these glittering screens were made - and what they tell us about everyday life in the 17th Century Japanese city.

03The Documentary20161019
03The Documentary20161019

Explore in minute detail a pair of Japanese screens that depict the historic city

What would it be like to walk the streets of 17th Century Kyoto? Cathy FitzGerald explores a sumptuous pair of Japanese screens that depict the historic city in incredible detail. Follow the link to zoom in and examine the artwork as you listen.

Temples, shrines, castles, shops and homes: the image is crammed with tiny scenes. A man in a barber's shop examines his new hair cut in a mirror. People peer down into the street to watch a parade pass. Weary pilgrims sit on a verandah, sharing fruit. Men and women of every age and every social class appear: more than 1,800 in all.

Cathy FitzGerald hears how these glittering screens were made - and what they tell us about everyday life in the 17th Century Japanese city.

03The Documentary20161019

What would it be like to walk the streets of 17th Century Kyoto? Cathy FitzGerald explores a sumptuous pair of Japanese screens that depict the historic city in incredible detail. Follow the link to zoom in and examine the artwork as you listen.

Temples, shrines, castles, shops and homes: the image is crammed with tiny scenes. A man in a barber's shop examines his new hair cut in a mirror. People peer down into the street to watch a parade pass. Weary pilgrims sit on a verandah, sharing fruit. Men and women of every age and every social class appear: more than 1,800 in all.

Cathy FitzGerald hears how these glittering screens were made - and what they tell us about everyday life in the 17th Century Japanese city.

Explore in minute detail a pair of Japanese screens that depict the historic city

04Moving Pictures: Ann West's Patchwork - The Documentary2018011720180118 (WS)

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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

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)

04Moving Pictures: Ann West's Patchwork - The Documentary20180117

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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

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 Bellows - The Documentary2018012420180125 (WS)

George Bellow\u2019s masterpiece Men of the Docks reveals life in the Brooklyn docks in 1912

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

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)

05Moving Pictures: Men of the Docks by George Bellows - The Documentary20180124

George Bellow\u2019s masterpiece Men of the Docks reveals life in the Brooklyn docks in 1912

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

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 Craesbeeck - The Documentary2018013120180201 (WS)

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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

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)

06Moving Pictures: The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Joos van Craesbeeck - The Documentary20180131

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

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

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)