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N.B: There is a factual inaccuracy in this documentary - Ovid was actually a Roman poet, not a Greek one. This is a video on the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, and his brilliant art. All rights are reserved to The National Gallery, London, and I believe that this is fair use, as it is no longer for sale at the gallery (the website has listed the DVD as 'out of stock' for a very long time), the art is in the public domain, and I am uploading it for an educational purpose. If anyone objects to it being here, just whip off a message to me, and I will take it down straight away, no contest.
A fantastic 2001 documentary, with a huge chunk exploring Vermeer's compositional methods and techniques. Narrated by Meryl Streep My rebuttal to Tim's Vermeer: It's obvious that Vermeer played around with a camera obscura, but the more likely explanation is that he became so familiar with its optical distortion that he 'became' a camera obscura (he adopted its way of seeing as his aesthetic). The placement of his pointillist highlights on the bread in the Milkmaid (for example) is like a how a camera obscura would place highlights on a highly reflective object, but NEVER a loaf of bread. He placed them there because he was creating it in his imagination to look how shinier objects would look through a camera obscura, because he consciously enjoyed the effect of it and created it thus. If Vermeer were dependent on a bulky optical device he would never have painted the View of Delft -- a massive outdoor landscape scene that was certainly created at home. It was generally impossible before the advent of tubed paint to work alla prima outside, and if the camera obscura were a trade secret he would have never have risked using it in public. Vermeer worked it up (along with the 'Little Street') from drawings and returned to the studio to make it. Vermeer painted all of his interiors in the same room of his small house in Delft, yet the windows, the floor, the walls etc. always look different. Why? Because he was creating them in his head to look like a camera obscura, but not slavishly with a camera obscura. Finally, X rays of Vermeer's paintings show that he reworked the placement of things over and over -- meaning he was building from imagination, not directly from an optical device.
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Queen Victoria, Empress Sissi, the Russian Tsarina – in his lifetime the artist painted them all. Who was Franz Xaver Winterhalter and how did he become the royals’ darling? This documentary tells the fascinating story of Franz Xaver Winterhalter, a farmer’s boy from the Black Forest who went out into the world to conquer the royal houses of Europe as a painter. But hardly anyone today remembers his name, although many know his works. Winterhalter’s portrait of the Austrian empress Sissi is still a popular reprint. Franz Xaver Winterhalter was born in 1805. He travelled constantly from one royal palace to the next. He was called 'Winterchen' - 'little Winter' - by the royals because of his diminutive stature. Winterhalter not only painted a portrait of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, who was better known as Sissi, he also painted Queen Victoria of England, the queen of Spain, the Prussian royal couple, and the Tsar and Tsarina of Russia - the list of monarchs and nobles could go on and on. Filmmaker and art historian Grit Lederer has followed Winterhalter’s footsteps around Europe. Exclusive footage from Buckingham Palace shows how highly esteemed the paintings of the German painter still are: his large-format portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are on show in the atrium of Buckingham Palace, in the Marble Hall. His paintings can also be found in the palaces of Versailles and Compiègne. Lederer was also given exclusive access to Langenstein Palace on Lake Constance, the stately home of Count Christoph Douglas. His ancestors also had themselves and their children painted by Winterhalter. _______ Exciting, powerful and informative – DW Documentary is always close to current affairs and international events. Our eclectic mix of award-winning films and reports take you straight to the heart of the story. Dive into different cultures, journey across distant lands, and discover the inner workings of modern-day life. Subscribe and explore the world around you – every day, one DW Documentary at a time. Subscribe to DW Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW39zufHfsuGgpLviKh297Q?sub_confirmation=1# For more information visit: https://www.dw.com/documentaries Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dwdocumentary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.stories DW netiquette policy: http://www.dw.com/en/dws-netiquette-policy/a-5300954
A documentary which unlocks Rembrandt to a large public. Trough his documentary we travel for 53 minutes together with Rembrandt in a geographical reconstruction of his life. The documentary shows beautiful pictures of which Rembrandt has drawn his inspiration. A lot of the buildings from Rembrandt`s days still exist. Trough modern digital techniques we change, where possible, the current image into the painting that the artist has made for over 400 years ago or into old pictures of those times.
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez baptised June 6, 1599 -- August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family, other notable European figures, and commoners, culminating in the production of his masterpiece Las Meninas (1656).