Renaissance Unchained

The Renaissance Unchained

From Tuesday, October 10 at 8.30pm | Australian Premiere | Available on Foxtel Anytime

Everyone knows about the Renaissance – it’s that golden period when Italy single-handedly reinvented art… except it isn’t.

During this four-part series, The Renaissance Unchained, art critic and broadcaster Waldemar Januszczak challenges the traditional review that the European Renaissance originated in southern Europe, advocating a case for the north instead.

The Renaissance Unchained: Gods, Myths and Oil Paints (10th October)

He challenges the idea of the Renaissance having fixed origins in Italy and showcases the ingenuity in both technique and ideas behind great artists such as Van Eyck, Memling, Van der Weyden, Cranach, Riemenschneider and Durer.

The Renaissance Unchained: Whips, Deaths and Madonnas (17th October)

Waldemar returns to Italy to trace the Italian Renaissance from its perceived origins with Giotto and takes a look at the importance of religious narrative in Italian art. While there were certainly a few aesthetic influences from classical art, the majority of Italian painting and sculpture in the 14th and 15th centuries was created to inspire devotion, especially in the work of Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Fra Angelico.

The Renaissance Unchained: Silk, Sex and Sin (24th October)

Waldemar focuses on Venice and its extraordinary impact on art history. He celebrates colour, drama and vitality by looking at the delicate colours of Bellini, the mystery of Giorgione, the splendour of Titian, the drama and chaos of Tintoretto and the glorious banquets of Veronese.

The Renaissance Unchained: Hell, Snakes and Giants (31st October)

Waldemar looks at the surprising climax of the Renaissance as it spiralled into madness and distortion. This was a period full of war, confusion and darkness, which was captured perfectly in the art of Leonardo, Bosch, Arcimboldo, Palissy, the Italian Mannerists and El Greco.