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Great Art

  • Episode: 

    4 of 5

  • Title: 

    Rembrandt from the National Gallery and Rijksmuseum
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 25 Jan 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    10.45pm - 11.45pm
  • Week: 

    Week 04 2018 : Sat 20 Jan - Fri 26 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode 4 - Rembrandt from the National Gallery and Rijksmuseum
 
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated, but a once-in-a-lifetime show at London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum that took 15 years to prepare was remarkable.
 
Given exclusive, privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions.
 
The exhibition focused on the highlights from the final years of Rembrandt’s life, commonly thought to be his finest years.
 
The masterpieces he produced during this period could be called his defining works, with each piece so soulful and honest that they helped sculpt our idea of Rembrandt as a man and as an artist.
 
This film explores each of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited contributors including curators and leading art historians.
 
For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.
 
Series overview
 
Great Art, a five-part series produced by Seventh Art Productions explores the life and work of the world's most celebrated artists.
 
This weekly series will offer an in-depth look at iconic artists including Canaletto, the Impressionists, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
 
Each 50-minute episode will reveal unique insights into the life of the artists, from exploring the places they lived and worked to uncovering their formative relationships through private letters. Great Art will also provide privileged access to the artists’ masterpieces, going behind-the-scenes at the world’s leading museums.
 
Great Art is introduced by curator and broadcaster Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of The Royal Academy of Arts, and features a host of eminent art experts, providing the perfect guides to history’s artistic greats.   
 
Tim said: “I am delighted to be introducing this series of excellent films for ITV. The appetite for the arts in this country goes from strength to strength and I know ITV’s Great Art will find a wide and appreciative audience.”
 
The series is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.
 
Jo Clinton-Davis said: “Shot through with passion and expertise in equal measure, these films tell compelling stories which enrich our understanding of those artists and the art which have most profoundly influenced our cultural heritage.”
 
The series is adapted from full-length feature films originally released in cinemas under EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. Phil Grabsky, Executive Producer of Seventh Art Productions, said:
 
“Over the last twenty years my team, at Seventh Art Productions, and I have made countless art films for TV and cinema, most notably the international film series EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. But I am especially delighted to be bringing the Great Art series to ITV, who fully support us in the desire to make wonderful art and artists' biographies as widely seen and enjoyed as possible. I hope these first two seasons, consisting of five films each, are the first of many, allowing the public to continue discovering and appreciating truly great art."