Best Painting Documentaries

A look at the best FREE Painting documentaries.

1. The mysterious Vermeer - The secret behind a 350-year-old painting | DW Documentary

Duration: 42:27

Published: August 11, 2022

Views: 35153+

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What’s the significance of the discovery of a naked Cupid in a 350-year-old painting by Vermeer? After years of study, the hidden figure was revealed in the "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window" painting, housed at the Dresden Gemäldegalerie. It was a sensational find. The film traces the many twists and turns that this picture has experienced in its history. The justification for re-exhibiting the painting in its new form is a sensation: the Cupid was apparently painted over after the artist’s death. The enigmatic paintings of Jan Vermeer have fascinated art lovers for centuries. His oeuvre has

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2. Leonardo da Vinci’s mysterious masterpiece | DW Documentary

Duration: 42:26

Published: July 8, 2022

Views: 111942+

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Channel: DW Documentary

Leonardo da Vinci's ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ is his most enigmatic painting. And it’s not just the Madonna’s unusual setting that raises questions. Why did he paint not one, but two versions of the work? Part of the Louvre’s collection in Paris, ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ is a highly mysterious work of art. Why did da Vinci place the Madonna in a cave? What hidden symbolism lies in the unusual background, which does not appear in the Gospels? The film traces these questions through the clues da Vinci himself left in his personal notebooks, known as the Codex Atlanticus. The

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