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World's Greatest Paintings   

Series 1: 10x60 | HD | 2020
Production Company
Lambent Productions
Primary Broadcaster
Channel 5

Andrew Marr tells the stories behind ten of the greatest paintings in the world. Painting has always been the great passion of Andrew’s life and he is driven by a genuine curiosity and fascination to uncover what makes each painting so special and what it tells us about the artist who created it. The artists who painted them are among the most famous names in history: Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, JMW Turner, Claude Monet, John Constable, Diego Velazquez, Rembrandt van Rijn, John Everett Millais, and Sandro Botticelli.

These extraordinary painters produced a stunning body of work, but even for the greatest of them, there is one particular image that - above all others – is seared into our collective imagination. Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Picasso’s Weeping Woman, Monet’s Waterlilies, Turners’ Fighting Temeraire, Velazquez’s Rokeby Venus, Millais’ Ophelia, Rembrandt’s Night-watch, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Constable’s Hay-Wain. These are iconic images that we all know and love, but each has a gripping story to tell from its conception, creation, and public reception to the surprising life of the canvas across generations.

In each episode, Andrew embarks on a journey to see one of these iconic images in the flesh. From the Louvre in Paris to the National Gallery in London, he has exclusive access to explore every brushstroke, every dab of paint, and uncover the clues that could unlock the secrets behind a masterpiece.

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Episode 1

The story behind the most famous portrait on the planet. Starting his exploration in the Louvre where every year more than eight million people queue for hours to have just a twenty second glimpse, Andrew Marr follows the woman with the enigmatic smile from Renaissance Florence, via ground-breaking experiments that changed art for ever and some gruesome dissections, to the most audacious art theft of the 20th century. This is the unbelievable journey of the greatest painting in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.