Thursday 8th October 2015

Co-Production Focusing on Art Crimes and Investigations to Premiere in the U.S. on Ovation TV in Early 2016

After a successful co-production partnership last year, Ovation TV and 3DD Productions have reunited for another season of Raiders for the Lost Art. Season Two (12 X 30’) will continue the series’ historical tour of some of the world’s greatest art crimes and mysteries.  The new season will have its U.S. premiere in early 2016.  The anouncement was made today by Scott Woodward, EVP, Programming and Production, Ovation TV.

Throughout history, some of the world’s most amazing works of art have simply disappeared. Through re-enactments, rare archival footage, and expert commentary Raiders of the Lost Art will explore how these treasures were looted, stolen or vanished into archives. Some have been recovered, but many more are still waiting to be found.

“Season one of this remarkable series was an unequivocal hit with our viewers so there was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to continue with season two,” noted Woodward. “3DD are such pros in this genre. We are delighted to partner with like-minded, arts enthusiasts to offer up more tantalizing mysteries of the art world.”

Here are some of the topics covered in Season Two of Raiders of the Lost Art:

Episode 1: “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.’

Episode 2:  “Portrait of Adele” – Painted during Vienna’s cultural heyday, Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele” was confiscated by the Nazis during WWII.

Episode 3: “Lady with an Ermine” – Lost for centuries, this masterpiece has revealed the       workings of the ultimate genius, Leonardo Da Vinci.

Episode 4: “Self Portraits” – These works that span Rembrandt’s entire adult life have been   scattered across the globe and had a life and history all their own.

Episode 5: “Opening of the Fifth Seal” – An artist so ahead of his time, it took centuries for the Impressionists to rediscover the brilliance of El Greco. Was this particular picture the inspiration behind Picasso’s masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon?

Episode 6: “Impression, Sunrise” – It is the painting that started a whole movement: Impressionism. Claude Monet’s famous painting was stolen in 1985 and was missing for five years.

Episode 7: “Il Spasimo” – Painted for a Silician monastery, the boat it was transported on sunk in a storm. However it was miraculously recovered and then later stolen by Napoleon.

Episode 8: “Ghent Altarpiece” – Jan van Eyck is a truly great artist who remains a mystery. His elusive genius has meant many of his works have been desired and stolen.

Episode 9: “Light and Color” – Turner showed his brilliance with this dazzling work. It was     stolen in Frankfurt in 1998 and was bought back from the thieves in a curious deal.

Episode 10: “The 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.

Episode 11: “Girl With a Pear Earring” – Johannes Vermeer was all but forgotten for centuries and this iconic work lay dormant, overlooked before it was rediscovered.

Episode 12: “The Boy in the Red Vest” – One of the great post-Impressionistic works, Cezanne’s “Boy in the Red Vest” was stolen in 2008, but was recovered recently in Serbia.

Raiders of the Lost Art is an Ovation TV original, co-produced by Ovation TV and 3DD Productions. The series is represented internationally by 3DD Productions.