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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 19, 2019

Imagine preaching for 40 years and no one listens. All you receive for your efforts is public torture, and nearly drowning in a pit of slime.

December 12, 2019

When Bishop Giovio looked up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the 1520's he couldn't work it out.

December 05, 2019

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

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