Art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon explores the Ranaissance period in one of the most expensive arts programme ever made.

Episode Guide

  • Renaissance - The End of the Renaissance? (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    The End of the Renaissance?

    Investigating how Italian culture changed during the end of the Renaissance.

  • Renaissance - Light and Liberty (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Light and Liberty

    Exploring Venice and the artistry of Bellini, Titian, Giorgione and Tintoretto -- some of the greatest painters of light and color.

  • Renaissance - Apocalypse (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:


    The period at the end of the 15th century when Pope Julius II restored the glory of Rome while the Reformation was fomenting.

  • Renaissance - Journey of the Magus (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Journey of the Magus

    A visit to Mantua, Florence, Urbino and Ferrara to assess the role of Italy's princely courts.

  • Renaissance - The Pure Radiance of the Past (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    The Pure Radiance of the Past

    The contribution of Florence to the Renaissance, particularly the work of architect Filippo Brunelleschi and artists Masaccio and Donatello.

  • Renaissance - Body and Soul (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Body and Soul