The Power of Art
Scholar and critic, Simon Schama, brings art history alive with passion and wit in this eminently worthwhile seven-week series, showing how masterpieces are the culmination of their creator's life experiences. In the first of two back-to-back episodes, he upends conventional wisdom about Wheatfield With Crows by Vincent van Gogh (played in re-enactments by Andy Serkis), viewing it not as a work of suicidal despair but the triumphant birth of modern art. In the second episode, he turns to Picasso's Guernica.
Monday, 18 June at 9pm, PBS-TV; check local listings.
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist