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Great Art

  • Episode: 

    5 of 5

  • Title: 

    Girl with a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from The Mauritshuis
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 01 Feb 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    11.10pm - 12.15am
  • Week: 

    Week 05 2018 : Sat 27 Jan - Fri 02 Feb
  • Channel: 

  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Episode 5 -  Girl with a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from The Mauritshuis
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art.
Even today, a recent world tour of the painting provoked huge queues lining up for the briefest glimpse of its majestic beauty – in Japan 1.2 million people came to see the exhibition.
Yet the painting itself is surrounded by mystery.
This film seeks to investigate the many unanswered questions associated with this mysterious artwork.
Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered? 
After its world tour, the Girl with a Pearl Earring returned to the much-loved Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands, which had just completed extensive renovations.
Enjoying unparalleled exclusive access to this historical gallery, the film takes the audience on a journey through the masterpieces of the gallery using key works to help answer many of the questions surrounding this enigmatic painting and its mysterious creator Vermeer. 
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."