The High Art of the Low Countries

Season 1
They say good things come in small packages, but this is ridiculous. How did a region as geographically insignificant as the Low Countries – what’s now the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg – overhaul the art world: inventing oil painting and master-painters Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Mondrian and Magritte? Art expert Andrew Graham-Dixon investigates how this tiny region changed art forever.
Andrew Graham-Dixon
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  1. 1. Dream of Plenty
    April 3, 2013
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    When we picture the Renaissance, we think of rebirth, revolution and the new world to come. That’s not how it felt at the time. People believed they were living in the end of days. From precious tapestries to the magnificent altarpiece of Ghent Cathedral to the dystopian visions of Hieronymous Bosch, art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon probes Renaissance Flanders’ obsession with the Final Judgement.
  2. 2. Boom And Bust
    April 10, 2013
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    It changed art in ways too dramatic to comprehend – creating the concept of oil painting and the master-painters Rembrandt and Vermeer. But was the Dutch Golden Age a case of the transcendence of art… or a movement driven by the dollar or Florin? Andrew Graham-Dixon investigates an explosive moment in art, and a commercial imperative that is very recognizable in the art world of today.
  3. 3. Daydreams and Nightmares
    April 17, 2013
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    Sometimes greatness rises from the ashes. After years as a global player, the Low Countries had fallen into decline. This is the story of how they rose again to become a key driver of the modern age, bringing us Van Gogh, Mondrian, Magritte and Delvaux. Andrew Graham-Dixon delves into the psychology of this tiny region that spawned giants of the art world that still electrify us today.

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J. ChambersReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
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My dear old Dutch
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Informative and entertaining presentation by someone who knows and loves his subject. Much better than anything seen on cable in recent years as the cable companies seem to be so hostile to fine arts.
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SAPReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2016
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Greatly informative and entertaining.
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SGRReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2021
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Not a Woman Artist Mentioned
Lovely production of the same old cadre of great male artists. I found that disappointing and a missed opportunity.
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