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Masterstroke Mini Series

Masterstroke Mini Series

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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October 10, 2019

Does music really "make the world go round"? If so, why?

October 03, 2019

Imagine celebrating by lifting up a glass of beer in one painting and then kneeling down with tattered clothes in another.

September 26, 2019

Why did Rembrandt paint himself as a disciple of Christ? Why is he holding onto his hat and a rope on the boat?

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