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Masterstroke

Masterstroke

Why did Rembrandt paint himself as the “Prodigal Son”? Why did Van Gogh paint his ginger beard on Lazarus? Why did Caravaggio paint his own head in the place of Goliath’s?

Masterstroke is a documentary series investigating some of the most famous and interesting religious art in history. At a time when many couldn’t read, art was used as the basis for an understanding of God. Each program explores the stories behind both the paintings and the artists.

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September 12, 2019

On a list of 101 great painters of all time, only three were women. This week, Masterstroke looks at the astonishing story of one of the greatest painters you've probably never heard of.

September 10, 2019

What happens after death? The painting "Belshazzar’s Feast" by Rembrandt shows the moment in time a powerful king discovered his fate. Through this painting discover the answer to the most important question in life, and the secret to salvation?

September 10, 2019

Have you ever lost something and got totally frustrated because you can't find it? Discover the mystery in the painting "The Lost Drachma" by artist James Tissot, who is the women? what has she lost?