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Title
Raiders Of The Lost Art
Duration
12x30'
Director
Cal Saville
Year
2015
Country
UK

Throughout history, some of the world's most amazing works of art have simply disappeared. Through re-enactment we see the legendary artists who created them and witness the tales of mystery, heists and looting that have befallen their greatest works.

 

1. STEALING THE SCREAM-  ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST-FAMOUS WORKS OF ART HAS BEEN STOLEN ON   NUMEROUS OCCASIONS. THIEVES IN 1994 LEFT A MESSAGE SAYING ONLY ‘THANKS FOR THE POOR SECURITY.’

2. KILMT GUSTAV'S GOLD- PAINTED DURING VIENNA’S CULTURAL HEYDAY, GUSTAV KLIMT’S “PORTRAIT OF ADELE” WAS CONFISCATED BY THE NAZIS DURING WWII

3. THE MANY FACES OF REMBRANDT- THESE WORKS THAT SPAN REMBRANDT’S ENTIRE ADULT LIFE HAVE BEEN   SCATTERED ACROSS THE GLOBE AND HAD A LIFE AND HISTORY ALL THEIR OWN

4. EL GRECO LOST IN TIME- IT TOOK NEARLY THREE CENTURIES FOR EL GRECO’S PAINTINGS TO BE TRULY APPRECIATED.  NO ARTIST HAS EVER BEEN MORE AHEAD OF HIS TIME. 

5. THE LESSONS OF LEONARDO- LEONARDO DA VINCI IS BELIEVED BY MANY TO HAVE BEEN THE MOST TALENTED INDIVIDUAL WHO EVER LIVED. BUT, WHILE HIS GREATEST LEGACY REMAINS IN HIS ART, WE'RE STILL UNEARTHING THE SECRETS OF HOW HE WORKED

6. THE ELUSIVE VAN EYCK- JAN VAN EYCK LEFT BEHIND A REMARKABLE LEGACY OF WORKS, INCLUDING THE SPECTACULAR GHENT ALTARPIECE, BUT VERY LITTLE EVIDENCE OF WHO HE EXACTLY WAS. VAN EYCK WAS A KEY FIGURE IN THE EARLY NORTHERN RENAISSANCE THAT WOULD PRODUCE FURTHER GREAT MASTERS SUCH AS HANS HOLBEIN AND ALBRECHT DURER.  AFTER HE DIED, HIS REPUTATION WOULD ONLY GROW AND GROW, AND HIS PAINTINGS WOULD BECOME HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER BY BUYERS AND THIEVES ALIKE AND, IN THE PROCESS, THE MYSTERIOUS TALE OF THE VAN EYCK FAMILY WOULD SLOWLY BE REVEALED.

7. VAN GOGHS SEVEN SUNFLOWERS- PAINTED FOR THE ARRIVAL OF PAUL GAUGIN IN ARLES, THIS SET OF PAINTINGS BY VINCENT VAN GOGH HAS GONE ON AN ASTONISHING JOURNEY EVER SINCE.

8. MONET FIRST IMPRESSIONS- CAPTURING THE CHANGING NATURE OF LIGHT WAS THE LIFELONG OBSESSION OF CLAUDE MONET, THE FATHER OF IMPRESSIONISM. THE MOVEMENT WOULD HAVE ITS ROOTS IN PARIS, BUT WOULD DRAW ON DIVERSE INSPIRATION, TO ACHIEVE ITS ARTISTIC VISION.

9. VERMEER LOST PEARL OF DELFT- JOHANNES VERMEER WAS ALL BUT FORGOTTEN FOR CENTURIES AND THIS ICONIC WORK LAY DORMANT, OVERLOOKED BEFORE IT WAS REDISCOVERED.

10. CAPTURING CEZANNE- PAUL CEZANNE INSPIRED THE MOST LAUDED ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, BUT HE STRUGGLED FOR YEARS TO ACHIEVE ANYWHERE NEAR THE LEVELS OF SUCCESS. TODAY ONE OF CEZANNE'S PAINTINGS IS RUMOURED TO HAVE SOLD FOR THE HIGHEST PRICE IN HISTORY

11. TURNER LEADING LIGHT- JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER WAS HAILED AS A PRODIGY FROM AN EARLY AGE AND HE WENT ON TO HAVE A REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL PAINTING CAREER. THESE EXPERIMENTAL WORKS WOULD PROVE HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL AMONGST HIS CONTEMPORARIES

12. RAPHAEL THE RELENTLESS- RAPHAEL FORMS THE TRINITY OF GREAT MASTERS OF THE ITALIAN HIGH RENAISSANCE… ALONGSIDE LEONARDO AND MICHELANGELO.  ALL THREE OF THESE ARTISTS WERE WORKING IN ROME AT THE SAME TIME. WHILE MICHELANGELO AND LEONARDO REACHED OLD AGE, RAPHAEL WOULD DIE SUDDENLY AT JUST 37, BUT IN THAT TIME HE STILL PRODUCED A STAGGERING ARRAY OF WORKS.