Great Artists

Great Artists

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Episode Guide

  • Great Artists - Turner (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:


    English painter Turner laid the foundation for Impressionism and challenged boundaries of art.

  • Great Artists - Vermeer (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:


    Admired artist Vermeer, whose serene domestic scenes display a mastery of perspective.

  • Great Artists - Rembrandt (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:


    Portrait painter Rembrandt created many masterpieces, but lived lavishly and died bankrupt.

  • Great Artists - Velazquez (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:


    Using intense colors and loose brushstrokes, Velazquez achieved a drama never captured before in painting.

  • Great Artists - Rubens (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:


    The Baroque style Rubens created for his portraits, landscapes and mythological scenes served as a benchmark of excellence.

  • Great Artists - El Greco (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    El Greco

    El Greco's bright colors and loose brush strokes captured the emotional fervor of Spanish Catholicism.

  • Great Artists - Bruegel (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:


    The landscapes created by Bruegel usually sidelined the saints and nobility who were the supposed subjects in favor of peasant folk.

  • Great Artists - Titian (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:


    Titian's radical approach to light color and composition set him apart.

  • Great Artists - Raphael (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    Raphael is known for the beauty of his portraits and the perfect composition of his large historical paintings.

  • Great Artists - Michelangelo (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Michelangelo's seven decade career produced iconic works ranging from the sculpture of David to St. Peter's Dome in the Vatican.

  • Great Artists - Albrecht Durer (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Albrecht Durer

    Durer's greatness lay in his ability to capture reality in his art.

  • Great Artists - Leonardo da Vinci (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Despite completing less than a dozen paintings, each work by the Italian artist, da Vinci, is a masterpiece.

  • Great Artists - Giotto (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    The most important artist of his age, Giotto di Bondone developed perspective.

  • Great Artists - Schiele (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:


    A controversial figure in his own short life, he produced powerful images where the human figure is stripped down, both sexually and psychologically.

  • Great Artists - Cassatt (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:


    The only American accepted by the French Impressionists, she created perceptive depictions of women and children.

  • Great Artists - Rodin (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:


    One of the world's greatest sculptors whose modeling techniques captured the movement and emotional depth of his subjects by altering traditional pose and gesture.

  • Great Artists - Delacroix (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:


    Challenging rigid classicism by injecting a degree of fluidity and unpredictability to his art, Delacroix established a taste for the exotic in European art.

  • Great Artists - Constable (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:


    A landscape painter who's vision influenced the Romantics and Impressionists, Constable depended on light effects and cloud patterns in his art.

  • Great Artists - Goya (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:


    Goya's unflinching images of human cruelty set him apart from almost any other painter in history.

  • Great Artists - David (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:


    A French neo-classical painter, David's involvement in politics almost cost him his life, and in the end forced him into exile.

  • Great Artists - Stubbs (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:


    Known for his striking depiction of horses, Stubbs literally dissected his subjects before he painted them.

  • Great Artists - Caravaggio (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:


    Caravaggio brought religious art to life.

  • Great Artists - Holbein (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:


    The Andy Warhol of his time, Holbein created icons of some of the 16th c.'s most important people, including Henry VIII.

  • Great Artists - Piero Della Francesca (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Piero Della Francesca

    Piero Della Francesca's enigmatic paintings mark an important step in Renaissance art.

  • Great Artists - Van Gogh (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Van Gogh

    The troubled genius, Van Gogh, painted over 1,000 works in ten years, but sold only one before shooting himself at 37.

  • Great Artists - Whistler (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:


    Bridged the gap between Impressionist Paris and symbolist London with paintings and prints.

  • Great Artists - Klimt