In Our Time - The Artist
Melvyn BraggWith Emma Barker, Lecturer in Art History, The Open University; Thomas Healy, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Birkbeck University of London; Tim Blanning, Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge.
In Our Time - The Baroque
Melvyn BraggMelvyn Bragg discusses the Baroque - a term used to describe a vast array of painting, music, architecture and sculpture from the 17th and 18th centuries. His guests this week are Tim Blanning, Professor of Modern European History and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge; Nigel Aston, Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Leicester; and Helen Hills, Professor of Art History at the University of York
In Our Time -The School of Athens
Melvyn BraggMelvyn Bragg and guests discuss The School of Athens – the fresco painted by the Italian Renaissance painter, Raphael, for Pope Julius II’s private library in the Vatican. The fresco depicts some of the most famous philosophers of ancient times, including Aristotle and Plato, engaged in discussion amidst the splendour of a classical Renaissance chamber. It is considered to be one of the greatest images in Western art not only because of Raphael’s skill as a painter, but also his ability to have created an enduring image that continues to inspire philosophical debate today. Raphael captured something essential about the philosophies of these two men, but he also revealed much about his own time. That such a pagan pair could be found beside a Pope in private tells of the complexity of intellectual life at the time when classical learning was reborn in what we now call the Renaissance. With Angie Hobbs, Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Warwick; Valery Rees, Renaissance scholar and senior member of the Language Department at the School of Economic Science; Jill Kraye, Professor of the History of Renaissance Philosophy and Librarian at the Warburg Institute at the University of London
Rebel Without A Cause – The James Dean Story
Johnny DeppJames Dean is the eternal youthful rebel - the movie idol blessed with the looks, style, talent and attitude that captivated a generation. To mark the 50th anniversary of his death at the wheel of his Porsche on September 30 1955, Johnny Depp presents this profile of one of Hollywood's most popular icons.
Relatively Einstein - 01 Uncertain History
Radio 4A hundred years on from Albert Einstein's 'miracle year' of 1905, Radio 4 talks to writers and artists who have wrestled with the scientific legacy of modern physics in their work. Michael Frayn's acclaimed stage play, Copenhagen, opened at the National Theatre in 1998. The story of a meeting between two theoretical physicists during the early years of Second World War, it's been hailed as the most successful use of science on the stage.
Relatively Einstein - 03 Fantasy Physics
Radio 4With the help of fellow author and mathematician Ian Stewart, Pratchett explains his love of science, his fascination with Einstein and the science behind the fantasy world he's created and sold to more than 20 countries worldwide. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" said Arthur C Clarke decades ago and it holds true today. Just try and explain how your mobile phone or dvd player works. With the help of fellow author and mathematician Ian Stewart, Pratchett explains his love of science, his fascination with Einstein and the science behind the fantasy world he's created and sold to more than 20 countries worldwide.
Relatively Einstein - 04 Theoretically Funny
Radio 4Comedian Mark Steel has delved into the great man's life and found a great deal to laugh about, if only in theory. "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." (AE). One doesn't normally associate humour with physics but Einstein has proved the exception, at least for two artists. The first is New Yorker Sid Harris who's been churning out science cartoons for reputable journals since the late sixties.Comedian Mark Steel has delved into the great man's life and found a great deal to laugh about, if only in theory.
Relatively Einstein -0 2 Dark Matters
Radio 4Artist Cornelia Parker explores her ground-breaking (literally) work Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View which involved getting the army to blow up a garden shed in order to re-create the first moments after the creation of space and time. Artist Cornelia Parker explores her ground-breaking (literally) work Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View which involved getting the army to blow up a garden shed in order to re-create the first moments after the creation of space and time. As Cornelia Parker discusses her inspiration for this piece and its aims, cosmologists discuss how the Einstein's ideas shaped our notion of how the universe and everything in it got started.
A Room with a View
E.M. Forster, 1955This novel, set in 19th century Florence, Italy, tells of a romance between a young, "unaffected" middle class English woman (Lucy Honeychurch) and the son of the unconventional Emerson family. But Lucy is already engaged to a man back in England, and so begins her struggle between social conventions and her heart.
The Penguin Guide to English Literature - Britain and Ireland
Ronald Carter & John McRae, 1996The aim of this book is to provide an introduction to English literature which is clear and readable. It begins with the earliest recorded writings in English and extends to the present day, going well beyond the traditional 'Beowulf to Virginia Woolf' range
A History of British Art
Andrew Graham-Dixon, 1996This book tells the story of art in Britain since the Middle Ages. It shows how the British are a deeply visual people, making and breaking images through the centuries to strengthen their hopes and hatreds and, occasionally, to reveal themselves as they really are.
A World History of Art
Hugh Honour & John Fleming, 2009For over a quarter of a century this art historical tour de force has consistently proved the classic introduction to humankind's artistic heritage. From our Paleolithic past to our digitized present, every continent and culture is covered in an articulate and well-balanced discussion - a broad and epic canvas that omits none of the fine detail.
Insights of Genius - Imagery and Creativity In Science And Art
Arthur I. Miller, 1996In this book Arthur Miller brings together some of the profoundest mysteries of both art and science. Displaying a subtle grasp of subjects as divergent as quantum physics, Cubist painting, and philosophy of mind, the author shows how some of the great geniuses of the past few centuries had to change the way they saw in order to achieve their greatest works
The Great Artists - Degas
John Gaisford, 1985Edgar Degas abandoned his law studies at the age of 18 to take up his career as an artist. He is best known for his charmingly evocative pictures of the ballet dancers at the Paris Opera. This book explores the life and works of this influential Parisian artist
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