The Face (2000)

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    Neil Macgregor

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    United Kingdom

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A four-part television series in which Neil MacGregor, Director of the National Gallery, London, considers the varying ways in which artists, at different times and from different cultures, have represented the story of Christ. The four programmes are: `The Face' which looks at how artists arrived at the familiar depiction of Christ, even though no portraits were made of him in his lifetime and there are no physical descriptions of him in the Bible; `The Baby' which looks at how artists in Europe and South America depicted the miraculous birth of Christ in the light of the suffering he was to endure in the Passion; `The Cross' which looks at how artists address the themes of suffering and redemption in work both personal and universal. Artworks range from the earliest known depictions of the Crucifixion - on 5th-century Roman plaques - to frescoes by Fra Angelico, Grunewald's Isenheim altarpiece, Michelangelo's pietas and Rembrandt's `Three Crosses'; `The Promise' which explores how artists have represented Christ after his death, from Holbein's image of Jesus in the tomb, to the triumphant images of resurrection and life renewed.

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