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Sister Wendy Beckett leaves the confines of her order in Norfolk, England, to see the art of Europe. In this film, the destination is Rome and the Vatican, and the featured works are Bernini's statue of Apollo and Daphne, Carvaggio's painting the Conversion of St. Paul and Michaelangelo's Pietà. (1994)
Sister Wendy's Story of Painting - 01 The Mists of Time: Part 01


Simon Schama

Born in Naples, Bernini was an exceptional talent from an early age and went on to dominate the art world of 17th century Rome. His work epitomised the Baroque style and his sculpture, church interiors and exteriors and town planning could be seen everywhere. He was also a painter, playwright, costume and theatre designer. Bernini worked under successive Popes; Pope Gregory XV made him a knight and Pope Urban VIII took him as his best friend. He was revered in his time until a jealous rage caused him to have the face of his mistress slashed after discovering her romance with his brother. His reputation fell further after his bell towers for the Cathedral of St Peter's started cracking in 1641. He redeemed himself and kick started his career again with arguably his most famous work, The Ecstasy of St Theresa, in 1652.


Making Manuscripts

An illuminated manuscript is a book written and decorated completely by hand. Illuminated manuscripts were among the most precious objects produced in the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, primarily in monasteries and courts. Society's rulers--emperors, kings, dukes, cardinals, and bishops--commissioned the most splendid manuscripts.



Women in Art

BBC Documentary 2015 | The Story of Women and Art - Episode 1 ( BBC Discovery ) The Story of Women and Art is a television documentary series, consisting of three one-hour episodes, on the history of women artists in Europe from the Renaissance onwards, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two in May 2014