About the Show
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.
Episode 1 - Tate Modern: Distortion
Exploring some treasures from this prestigious gallery, including Auguste Rodin's The Kiss (1901-4) and Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913)
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).
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.
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).
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).
Episode 6 - Tate Modern: Pharmacy
Damien Hirst's Pharmacy (1992) is explored.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Episode 19 - National Gallery: Important People
Introductory portrait montage and then The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein.
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.
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.
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.
Episode 23 - National Gallery: Ordinary Lives
Exploring some of the treasures from this prestigious gallery including Calais Pier by J M W Turner.
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.
Episode 25 - National Gallery: Everyday Life
Bathers at Asnieres by Georges-Pierre Seurat provides the basis of art reflecting everyday day.
Episode 26 - National Gallery: Blood and Gore
Perseus Turning Phineas and his Followers into Stone by Luca Giordano.
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.
Episode 28 - National Gallery: Love Story
Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne personify the emotion of love.