“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” Michelangelo.
Born in 1475 in Tuscany, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni is regarded as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, if not of all time, with his sculptures and paintings including the giant statue of David, (fashioned from a single block of marble), his eloquent Pieta in the Papal Basilica of St Peter, and the rather overwhelming Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican. Not forgetting the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery in London).
This documentary, the latest in the Exhibition on Screen series, linked in with the National Gallery in London’s Michelangelo/Sebastiano exhibition that closed in late June, features expert commentators such as the art critics Martin Gayford and Jonathan Jones and Vatican Museum and National Gallery curators, who illuminate various facts about the bravura artist and reveal the passionate and ambitious man behind the work.
Use is made of letters by Michelangelo and his contemporaries, and quotes from the Vasari and Condivi biographies, in particular. We also hear some of Michelangelo’s poetry (one of which is set to a madrigal). His life and work are placed in context (Florence and Rome in the 16th century were turbulent times) and we learn of his friendship with and patronage by the Medicis and three Popes. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN :MICHELANGELO LOVE AND DEATH
“An artist’s interest in gardening is to produce pictures without brushes.” Anna Lea Merritt
The latest luminous film from Exhibition on Screen is from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut located at the former boarding house in Connecticut where the artists gathered .
Narrated by Gillian Anderson and directed by Phil Grabsky, with some voice over of artist’s letters of the time, it documents how the American impressionist movement followed its own path, whilst taking heed of leading French impressionists such as Renoir and Cezanne.
It also puts the art movement in context of the development of America at the time with the adoption of Impressionist techniques by US artists and it examines the way the movement interacted with changing attitudes to gardens, as well as the many other upheavals in American society at the time. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE ARTIST’S GARDEN : AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM
Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds and continue to influence artists even today?! Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? These and other questions were answered in this fascinating film.
The film is based on the critically acclaimed, once-only exhibition which brought together practically all Bosch’s major paintings and drawings from around the world to his home town of Den Bosch, Netherlands.
This is a striking exhibition that saw almost half a million visitors marveling at Bosch’s quirky creations and imagination. The Museum had to remain until after midnight every night. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HEIRONYMUS BOSCH