Focusing on eight iconic works of art such as Caravaggio's David and Goliath, David's Death of Marat and Picasso's Guernica, Simon Schama's Power of Art reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages.
Take a knowledgeable, eloquent, art historian not afraid to express praise or damnation, select eight acknowledged art masters (Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko), mix in historical reconstructions and contemporary on-site footage, and you've got a recipe for a powerful and inspiring art series indeed.
A combination of dramatic reconstruction, spectacular photography and Simon Schama's unique and personal style transport the viewer back to the intense moments the great works were conceived and born; from the murderous world of baroque Rome; paranoid, revolutionary Paris and the carnage of civil war Spain to the paradox of 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter.
Simon Schama's Power of Art is the epic story of an unfolding force, a chance to witness the power of the individuals who changed the way we view the world. Compelling and informative, entertaining and surprising, Simon Schama's Power of Art will leave you sated with the wonder of painting yet, as with anything delectable, wishing there were more to be had.