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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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December 05, 2019

When he based his painting on Rembrandt's rendition why did Van Gogh choose to crop out Jesus?

November 28, 2019

Why did the Dutch have the saying, "whoever plays with cats gets scratched"?

November 21, 2019

The knife is falling off the table and there are distractions everywhere. Yet nothing stops this lady from saying grace.

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