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The National Gallery of Art Collection

John James Audubon: The Birds of America (#124)

This program tells the unique story of Audubon's artistic development and of his uncompromising devotion to his dream of publishing The Birds of America. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: If you can't take your students to the NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART in Washington D.C., IPTV will bring it to you. Meet national standards in the visual arts for K-12 students, with a wide variety of artists, subjects, techniques and styles.

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  • Adventures In Art (#101)

    This program offers a guided tour through an art museum designed to offer viewers different ways of seeing. [28 minutes]

  • Awareness Series: Old Masters (#102)

    The works of major artists featured at the National Gallery of Art are highlighted: Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Fragonard, Goya, Blake, and Turner. [43 minutes]

  • Awareness Series: Modern Masters (#103)

    Short, evocative studies of the works of major artists represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Art: Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Picasso. [38 minutes]

  • Awareness Series: American Art (#104)

    Works of the following major artists are highlighted: Copley, Catlin, Cassatt, and American Native painters. [23 minutes]

  • Picasso and the Circus (#105)

    In this program, a young girl strolls through Picasso's Saltimbanques exhibition. As she gazes at the jugglers, bareback riders, harlequins, and clowns, the images before her give way to scenes of a Parisian circus. [6 minutes]

  • Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran (#106)

    This program recounts the story of Moran's involvement with the government-sponsored survey expedition to Yellowstone in 1871 and illustrates the pivotal role that his paintings played in securing passage of the first national park bill. [11 minutes]

  • Of Time, Tombs, and Treasure (#107)

    Viewers journey to Egypt and the final resting place of a young king who ruled 3,000 years ago. It tells the story of the tomb’s discovery in 1922 and shows its fabulous treasure. [28 minutes]

  • Anthony Van Dyck (#108)

    This video follows Anthony van Dyck's career as he rose to the highest rank of his profession and his work was sought by distinguished patrons of the day. [20 minutes]

  • The Christmas Story in Art (#109)

    From the Annunciation through the Flight into Egypt, the story of Christ's birth is presented in paintings by Italian and Flemish masters of the Renaissance. [29 minutes]

  • The American Vision (#110)

    A broad view of American painting from pre-Revolutionary days to the beginning of the twentieth century. [35 minutes]

  • Leonardo: to Know How to See (#111)

    Discover the genius and accomplishments of the Renaissance artist-inventor Leonardo da Vinci. His best-known paintings are shown, including the Mona Lisa and the National Gallery's Ginevra de' Benci. Notebooks of his drawings are examined. [57 minutes]

  • The Eye of Thomas Jefferson (#112)

    Thomas Jefferson was a man of remarkable achievements. A survey of Jefferson's artistic interests and creative accomplishments, tracing his journeys through Europe, where he found inspiration for many of his ideas on architecture and landscaping. [27 minutes]

  • Paul Gauguin: The Savage Dream (#113)

    Filmed on location in Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, the program explores Gauguin's obsessive search for an alternative to his own culture, culminating with his artistic achievements in the South Pacific. To a great extent, the story is told in Gauguin's words, revealing his personal philosophy of art and of life. [44 minutes]

  • Adoration of the Magi (#114)

    Close-ups of the Florentine painting of the Adoration by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi are accompanied by verses from the Coventry cycle miracle plays. [7 minutes]

  • The National Gallery Builds (#115)

    This short program illustrates highlights of the East Building's conception and construction, beginning with the challenge initially faced by architect I. M. Pei. Documentation of the phases of construction includes footage of the works of art commissioned for the building from artists such as Henry Moore and Alexander Calder. [12 minutes]

  • Femme/Woman: A Tapestry by Joan Miró (#116)

    One of the works commissioned for the National Gallery of Art, Joan Miró tapestry Femme was made in Tarragona, Spain. Footage of the weaving process on a special oversized loom will be of particular interest to students of textiles. [15 minutes]

  • Mobile, By Alexander Calder (#117)

    The first work of art placed in the National Gallery's East Building, this mobile is also one of the last major pieces by one of America's great artists, Alexander Calder, the man who invented this form of art. [24 minutes]

  • American Light: The Luminist Movement (#118)

    Notable for their poetic light and dramatic color, luminist landscapes are fascinating in their own right and as reflections of American attitudes in a crucial period in the nation's history. [32 minutes]

  • Picasso: The Saltimbanques (#119)

    Itinerant performers, or saltimbanques, are the subject of many of Picasso's works, particularly those of the Rose period. This program traces the process through which curators and conservators discovered earlier compositions--thought to have been lost--beneath the surface of Picasso's painting, Family of Saltimbanques. [28 minutes]

  • The Quiet Collector: Andrew W. Mellon Remembered (#120)

    Andrew W. Mellon was a man of numerous accomplishments. This program dramatizes Mellon's life as a collector and his dedication to his vision of an art gallery for the American people. [28 minutes]

  • David Smith: American Sculptor (#121)

    David Smith was one of America's most important sculptors of the twentieth century. Smith's ideas about art and his methods are revealed in archival footage of the artist, through reminiscences of the sculptor by his daughters, and by fellow artists Helen Frankenthaler and the late Robert Motherwell. The film also takes the viewer to Bolton Landing in upstate New York where Smith had his studio. [28 minutes]

  • Important Information Inside: John F. Petro (#122)

    Explores Peto's art in the context of his native Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he trained. Live footage shows the artist's home and studio in Island Heights, New Jersey. Peto's studio is much the same today as during the artist's life; it expresses the artist's temperament in its design and in his collections of objects--the very forms found in his paintings. [27 minutes]

  • Raphael and the American Collector (#123)

    The work of the Renaissance master Raphael was much admired as a model of perfection in his own time and in succeeding centuries. Raphael's art is surveyed briefly as a background for understanding the quest for the artist's paintings in the early twentieth century by American collectors. The pictures they purchased are now seen in American museums, particularly the National Gallery, whose holdings include five paintings by Raphael—among them Saint George and the Dragon and the Alba Madonna. [18 minutes]

  • Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist (#125)

    This program covers Homer's art from his early illustrations of the Civil War, his picturesque scenes in the country and at the shore, to the powerful images of nature that characterize his later work. [29 minutes]

  • James McNeill Whistler: His Etchings (#126)

    The nineteenth-century painter James McNeill Whistler worked extensively in the etching medium. This program shows the changes in Whistler's art and in his etching style over the years, focusing on the effects he achieved by experimenting with inking and printing techniques. [21 minutes]

  • An American Impressionist: William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock (#127)

    Highlights Chase's years at Shinnecock, on Long Island, New York, where in 1891 the artist established the first important outdoor summer school of art in America. Images of Chase's paintings and archival photographs--many of the artist's studios--are interwoven with footage of the hills and beaches at Shinnecock and of Chase's house and studio as they are today. [25 minutes]

  • The Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church (#128)

    From the 1850s to the 1870s, Frederic Edwin Church was the leading landscape painter in America. This program traces his career from his early studies through the years when his depictions of the natural wonders of the Americas made him the nation's most celebrated landscape painter. [28 minutes]

  • Introduction to Sculpture (#129)

    This orientation to the art of sculpture is illustrated with works from the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art. [10 minutes]

  • John Russell Pope: Architect of the National Gallery (#130)

    This program provides an in-depth look at the history and origins of the Gallery's West Building. It focuses on Pope's architectural career and includes archival construction photographs and original drawings of the National Gallery of Art. [18 minutes]

  • The Measure of All Things: Greek Art and Culture in the Fifth Century (#131)

    Examples of architecture, sculpture, and vase painting illustrate artistic developments during the fifth century B.C. It includes dramatic footage of major archaeological sites in Greece. [16 minutes]

  • James McNeill Whistler: The Lyrics of Art (#132)

    The painter and printmaker was one of the most controversial and fascinating personalities of the nineteenth century. This program follows his life and career in America, London, Paris, and Venice. [19 minutes]

  • Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico (#133)

    Olmec objects were created in Mexico and Central America 3,000 years ago, long before the great Maya, Teotihuacan, and Aztec civilizations. This program focuses on the twentieth-century discovery of powerful and dynamic Olmec art. [22 minutes]

  • Sacred Art of Angkor (#134)

    This program provides a historical overview and architectural context for Cambodian sculpture, ranging from massive sandstone carvings representing gods and mythological guardians to small, refined bronzes used for ritual purposes. [17 minutes]

  • Daimyo (#135)

    The dual way of the Daimyo culture of feudal Japan combined the art of war and the art of the pen. This program examines the paradox of the warrior/aesthete through a survey of Daimyo arts: architecture, landscape gardening, poetry, calligraphy, painting, the tea ceremony, the No theater, and Kendo, or swordsmanship. [27 minutes]

  • The Feast of the Gods (#136)

    The "Feast of the Gods" was painted in 1514 by Giovanni Bellini, one of the masters of the Italian Renaissance. But the picture was drastically altered and repainted by another great artist, Titian. Filmed on location in Italy, this program probes the past and uses technology to reveal the underlying structure of the painting. [27 minutes]

  • Art of Indonesia (#137)

    Weaving together old Javanese poetry, sculpture, stunning landscapes, music, and performances by traditional artists, this program, shot on location in Java and Bali, introduces viewers to the myths and symbols that have permeated Indonesian culture for more than a thousand years. [27 minutes]

  • Masters of Illusion (#138)

    Examines artistic and scientific discoveries of the Renaissance, offering insights into a remarkable visual revolution. While Columbus and Copernicus were changing our understanding of the world, Renaissance artists were dramatically changing the way we view it. This program focuses on the discovery of perspective and the development of the visual techniques that create illusions of space. [29 minutes]

  • Roy Lichtenstein: The Art of the Graphic Image (#139)

    Renowned pop artist Roy Lichtenstein discusses his printmaking career over the course of two decades. This is an intimate glimpse of the artist at work, both in his own studios and at two of the most innovative printmaking workshops in the United States--Gemini G.E.L., California, and Tyler Graphics Ltd., New York. [19 minutes]

  • Henry Moore: A Life In Sculpture (#140)

    Henry Moore's long journey from a 19th-century coal-mining town in the north of England to the center stage of the 20th-century art world was driven by talent, vision, and ambition. He fused ideas from non-European cultures, surrealism, and nature into a unique sculptural language that made its way into galleries and private collections around the world. This program traces Moore's career by including footage of the artist at work, views of his sculptures and drawings, and interviews with critics, curators, and colleagues Anthony Caro and Bruce Nauman. [25 minutes]

  • Seeing Color: Object, Light, Observer (#141)

    Focusing on works by Titian, Turner, Monet, and Matisse, this film asks 'what is color?' and turns for answers to artists, curators, conservation scientists, and science students. Filmed in studios, laboratories, and museum galleries, Seeing Color looks at its subject as both an aesthetic and physical phenomenon. [26 minutes]

  • Art + Science = Conservation (#142)

    Introduces the concepts of art and science in museum conservation. Takes viewers behind the scenes to a conservation lab and discusses conservation issues related to art objects. Discussion is focused on the effects of light on works of paper, environmental conditions on outdoor sculpture, and the use of varnish on oil painting. [19 minutes]

  • The Quest for Immortality In Ancient Egypt (#143)

    This film chronicles funeral practices of the New Kingdom (1550-1069 B.C.E.) through the Late Period (664-322 B.C.E.), from mummification and burial into the afterworld. This documentary includes original footage of Egyptian tombs and temples, as well as sumptuous photographs detailing gilded coffins, painted sarcophagi, jewelry, and other funerary objects. The program includes interviews with leading Egyptologists from the United States, Egypt, and Europe, who helped unravel the complexities of ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife. [27 minutes]

  • The Quest for Immortality (#144)

    This program includes footage of the pyramids at Cairo and tombs in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, as well as objects selected from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Luxor Museum, and the sites of Tanis and Deir el-Bahari [12 minutes]

  • Edouard Vuillard (#145)

    Along with fellow postimpressionists, Vuillard helped change the course of French painting. This program chronicles his entire career, including his early designs for avant-garde theater, evocative interior scenes, and rarely seen photographs. [30 minutes]

  • The Art of Romare Bearden (#146)

    Romare Bearden lived in Pittsburgh, Harlem, and, later in his life, on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. These locales and memories of their people, music, colors, and stories form the basis of Bearden's collages and paintings. [33 minutes]

  • Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya (#147)

    A thirty-minute documentary film presents the culture and society that created the most advanced civilization of ancient Mesoamerica. Filmed in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, the program focuses on the courts of the Maya kingdoms of Palenque, Tonina and Bonampak. [27 minutes]

  • Vermeer: Master of Light (#148)

    Vermeer's use of light and color, proportion and scale are mesmerizing. This film explores Vermeer's paintings by examining the secrets of his technique through x-ray analysis, infrared reflectography, and computer technology. [56 minutes]

  • Ginevra's Story (#149)

    Ginevra de Benci, the first known portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, is both haunting and hypnotic. The magnificent work conceals a multitude of secrets. Using technology, this program unveils insights about the painting and about Ginevra and Leonardo. [55 minutes]

  • Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre (#150)

    This film traces the relationship between the aristocratic painter and Montmartre's avant-garde culture. [29 minutes]

  • Henri Rousseau: Jungles In Paris (#151)

    Rousseau is best known for his jungle landscapes that depict a seductive and terrifying world. The program considers them in the context of France's fascination with the exotic during the nation's colonial expansion in the late nineteenth century. [37 minutes]

  • Edward Hopper (#152)

    Edward Hopper, one of America's most-admired artists, captured the shared realities of American life with poignancy and enigmatic beauty. His iconic images, set in unexceptional places, reveal the poetry of quiet, private moments. Hopper's influences, which vary from French impressionism to the gangster films of the 1930s, are explored through archival photos and footage of locations he painted in New York and along the New England coast. [28 minutes]

  • J.M.W. Turner (#153)

    One of the greatest landscape painters of all time, Joseph Mallord William Turner rendered the subtle effects of light and atmosphere in revolutionary ways. A barber's son, he entered the Royal Academy art school at age fourteen and became, over the course of six decades, the leading British artist of his time. This overview of Turner's career and influences includes footage of locations important to him in Wales, England, and Switzerland, and readings from writers and artists of the era, including John Ruskin and Lord Byron. [32 minutes]

  • Pompeii and the Roman Villa (#154)

    This program explores art and culture around the Bay of Naples before Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. The bay was a favorite resort for vacationing Romans. Julius Caesar, emperors, and senators were among those who owned sumptuous villas along its shores. Artists created frescoes, sculpture, and luxurious objects in gold, silver, and glass for villa owners as well as residents of Pompeii and other towns in the shadow of Vesuvius. [28 minutes]

  • Art Nouveau 1890-1914 (#155)

    Art Nouveau was one of the most innovative and exuberant of early modern art movements. This film explores the development of Art Nouveau in Europe and North America, focusing on individual works of art and architectural landmarks. [32 minutes]

  • Introduction to European Art (#156)

    This film offers a brief art-historical overview and an introduction to the Gallery's treasure of European art—paintings, sculpture, and works on paper—from the twelfth to the twentieth century. [29 minutes]

  • Beyond The Yellow River (#157)

    The film focuses on important archaeological discoveries of the last forty years that have provided new insight into Chinese culture from 5000 BCE to the tenth century CE. [19 minutes]

  • Willem de Kooning: Paintings (#158)

    De Kooning's life and work—from his origins in the Netherlands to his mature Long Island period—are presented through his paintings, vintage photographs of the artist and his contemporaries, and footage of his studio on Long Island. This film also explores the historical and cultural developments in the postwar period that shaped his art. [12 minutes]

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