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An educational series that delivers some of the most celebrated examples of art from what are now the most famous and visited galleries of modern and classic art in the world

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An educational series that delivers some of the most celebrated examples of art from what are now the most famous and visited galleries of modern and classic art in the world

Series 1 Summary

This educational series - aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds - takes an informed view of some the most stunning, vital and celebrated pieces of art to have been created throughout the ages.

Tate Modern focuses its gaze on the work of the twentieth century artists whose work still resonates to this very day while the National Gallery puts the work of the masters and pioneers under the microscope in a style that's designed to entertain as much as it educates and informs.

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    Episode 1 - Tate Modern: Distortion

    Exploring some treasures from this prestigious gallery, including Auguste Rodin's The Kiss (1901-4), Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913) and and Pablo Picasso's The Three Dancers (1925).

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    Episode 2 - Tate Modern: Abstract Art

    Featuring key works from the Tate Modern, including Wassily Kandinsky's Cossacks (1910-11) and Jackson Pollock's Summertime Number 9A (1948).

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    Episode 3 - Tate Modern: A Look at Still Life

    Sir William Nicholson's The Lowestoft Bowl (1911), Paul Cezanne's Still Life with Water Jug (1892-3) and Pablo Picasso's Still Life (1914) are examined.

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    Episode 4 - Tate Modern: Objects in Odd Places

    A study of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain (1917), Michael Craig-Martin's Oak Tree (1973) and Rebecca Horn's Concert for Anarchy (1990).

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    Episode 5 - Tate Modern: Different Dimensions

    Some of the most celebrated examples of 20th-century art from The Tate Modern: Carl André's Equivalent VIII (1966) and Cornelia Parker's 30 Pieces of Silver (1988-9).

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    Episode 6 - Tate Modern: Pharmacy

    Damien Hirst's Pharmacy (1992) is explored.

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    Episode 7 - Tate Modern: Abstracting Landscape

    Exploring some of the treasures in the gallery with Piet Mondrian's Sun, Church in Zeeland (1910), Tree (1913) and Composition with Grey, Red, Yellow and Blue (1920-6).

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    Episode 8 - Tate Modern: Sculpture from Nature

    Exploring some of the treasures from this prestigious gallery including Constantin Brancusi's Fish (1925) and Dame Barbara Hepworth's Pelagos (1946).

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    Episode 9 - Tate Modern: Outside In

    Richard Long's Waterfall Wall Painting (2000), Line Made by Walking (1967) and Red Slate Circle (1988) are some of the treasures explored in this prestigious gallery.

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    Episode 10 - Tate Modern: World War I

    The period of the Great War features William Orpen's Zonnebeke (1918) and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska's Bird Swallowing a Fish (1913-14).

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    Episode 11 - Tate Modern: World War II

    Salvador Dali's Mountain Lake (1938) and Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (1944) are the pieces presented from this turbulent period.

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    Episode 12 - Tate Modern: The Effects of War

    Jean Fautrier's Large Tragic Head (1942), Giacometti's Standing Woman (1948-9), andHannah Collins' In the Course of Time II (1994) are the pieces representing the effects of armed conflict.

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    Episode 13 - Tate Modern: Beautiful People?

    More of the treasures including Lucian Freud's Standing By the Rags (1988-9), Arman Condition of Women I (1960) and John Coplan's Self Portrait (1994) are explored.

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    Episode 14 - Tate Modern: A Different Point of View

    Sonia Boyce's From Tarzan to Rambo etc (1987), Sarah Lucas' Self Portrait with Fried Eggs (1996) and Nan Goldin's Nan One Month after Being Battered (1984) are under scrutiny.

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    Episode 15 - Tate Modern: Myself and Others

    Featuring Louise Bourgeois Cell's Eyes and Mirrors (1989-93) and Annette Messager's The Pikes (1992-3).

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    Episode 16 - National Gallery: Madonnas and Goddesses

    Montages of women, goddesses and Botticelli's Venus and Mars and some of the pieces examined from this prestigious gallery.

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    Episode 17 - National Gallery: Mothers and Sons

    Cupid Complaining to Venus by Lucas Cranach and The Adoration of the Kings by Jan Gossaert are examined.

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    Episode 18 - National Gallery: Portrait of a Couple

    A look at Thomas Gainsborough's Portrait of a Couple: Mr and Mrs Andrews, painted in 1750.

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    Episode 19 - National Gallery: Important People

    Introductory portrait montage and then The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein.

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    Episode 20 - National Gallery: Myself and Others

    The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan Van Eyck and Rembrandt's Self Portrait at the age of 63 are this episode's topics.

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    Episode 21 - National Gallery: Perspective 1

    Coronation of the Virgin (1370-71) by Jacopo di Clione and The Annunciation (1486) by Carlo Crivelli are under consideration.

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    Episode 22 - National Gallery: Perspective II

    Landscape by Peter Paul Ruebens, The Avenue, Middelharnis by Meindert Hobbema and Rain, Steam and Speed by JMW Turner for the basis of this episode.

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    Episode 23 - National Gallery: Ordinary Lives

    Exploring some of the treasures from this prestigious gallery including Calais Pier by J M W Turner.

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    Episode 24 - National Gallery: That's Entertainment

    An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump by Joseph Wright and Hendrik Avercamp's A Winter Scene are the subjects of this edition.

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    Episode 25 - National Gallery: Everyday Life

    Bathers at Asnieres by Georges-Pierre Seurat provides the basis of art reflecting everyday day.

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    Episode 26 - National Gallery: Blood and Gore

    Perseus Turning Phineas and his Followers into Stone by Luca Giordano.

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    Episode 27 - National Gallery: Off With Her Head

    Execution of Lady Jane Grey by Paul Delaroche lives up to the titular promise of this episode.

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    Episode 28 - National Gallery: Love Story

    Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne personify the emotion of love.

Tate Modern & National Gallery synopsis

An educational series that delivers some of the most celebrated examples of art from what are now the most famous and visited galleries of modern and classic art in the world

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