The Genius of British Art

The Genius of British Art is a culture history program that was first aired in 2010. The series looks at the history of art in Britain. This includes such things as art over the course of history, notable British artists, and the way that art has been influenced by events. It also looks at how the public has appreciated art during that time. The Genius of British Art presents the series in six different parts. Each episode deals with a specific subject matter, and also attempts to critique the art. This includes showing what the art was critiquing, and what is wrong with the art itself.

Sundays 6:55 pm et/pt on Channel 4
1 Season, 6 Episodes
October 3, 2010
Arts & Culture
Cast: Janet Street-Porter, Roy Strong
The Genius of British Art

The Genius of British Art Full Episode Guide

  • Former war reporter Jon Snow presents a timely reminder of how British artists have expressed and defined our response to the horror of war and, in the process, have triggered a debate…

  • Modern Art has made us who we are and it has certainly made Janet Street Porter who she is.

  • Writer Howard Jacobson celebrates the way British artists depict sex and desire, and argues that the most compelling expression is to be found where we might least expect it: in the art of…

  • Dr Gus Casely-Hayford shows how our sense of identity was changed forever by the most distinctively British artist this country has ever produced: William Hogarth.

  • Historian Dr David Starkey examines how royal portraiture from Henry VIII to Princess Diana has had an enduring influence on the iconic power of personality.

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