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1. The Red Revolution: how London changed colour (5th July)
2. Building the National Gallery: constraints, complaints and consolations (2nd August)
3. Terraces, Squares & Fake Palaces: London’s contribution to urban design (6th September)
1. Nature plus Nurture: an operatic childhood (16th June)
2. Towards Idomeneo: the apotheosis of ‘opera seria’ (23rd June)
3. A Marriage Made in Heaven: text and subtext in The Marriage of Figaro (30th June)
(Please note that there is no talk on 7th July.)
4. Schools for Lovers: The Da Ponte Legacy (14th July)
5. Clemency and the Pursuit of ‘True Opera’ (21st July)
1. Jan Van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini double portrait’: marriage and the celebration of prosperity (8th June)
2. Donato Bramante’s ‘Tempietto’: Roman renewal and the memorialisation of St. Peter (15th June)
3. Giorgione’s ‘Three Philosophers’: the mysteries of nature explored (22nd June)
4. Albrecht Dürer’s ‘Melencolia I’: allegory of the artist as genius (29th June)
5. Donatello’s bronze ‘David’: Biblical hero as pagan idol (6th July)
6. Hans Holbein’s ‘Two Ambassadors’: confidential mission to the court of Henry VIII (13th July)
1. Dayakhatyn Caravanserai (Turkmenistan): What was the Silk Road? (17th May)
2. Termez (Uzbekistan): Buddhism, Islam and Religious Exchange (19th May)
3. Turfan (China): The Uyghurs before Xinjiang (24th May)
4. Bukhara (Uzbekistan): Cash and Vikings on the Silk Road (26th May)
5. Khotan (China): The backstory to Mongol Success (31st May)
6. Khiva (Uzbekistan): The Slave Trade and first European glimpses of the Silk Road (2nd June)
1. Introduction: the musical and intellectual world of Wagner’s Ring (4th May)
2. Das Rheingold: The theft of the gold (11th May)
3. Die Walküre: The guilty god and his favourite daughter (18th May)
4. Siegfried: Dragon-slayer and child of nature (25th May)
5. Götterdämmerung: The fall of the gods (1st June)
1. ‘This Mental Picture’: expression in art by Desmond Shawe-Taylor (29th April)
2. Washington Crossing the Delaware: Whose painting? Whose history? by Mary Lynn Riley (6th May)
3. The Wallace Collection: past, present and a fragile future by Dr Xavier Bray (13th May)
4. John Singer Sargent: ‘the portrait of the year’ by Patrick Bade (20th May)
5. La Linea Italiana: Italian design excellence, 1945–65 by Dr Philippa Joseph (27th May)
6. Michelangelo v Leonardo: Florence circa 1504 by Per Rumberg (3rd June)
7. The Colour of Cities: a hidden history of taste by Patrick Baty (10th June)
8. Picasso’s Guernica: Anti-War Icon of the 20th Century by Gijs van Hensbergen (17th June)
New subscribers have until 22nd June to watch all episodes.
1. From Hunting Lodge to the Sun King’s Palace (1624–1715) (6th April)
2. The Age of Madame de Pompadour (1722–1724) (13th April)
3. Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette (1774–1792) (20th April)
4. Versailles Resurrected (1793 until now) (27th April)
New subscribers have until 28th May to watch all episodes.
1. Origins: mushrooms in the night (22nd March)
2. Kilpeck: sculptural genius and the ‘Herefordshire School’ (24th March)
3. Fenland churches: longer, taller and fully aisled (26th March)
4. The Decorated Explosion: every window a different design? (29th March)
5. Perpendicular Churches: transforming the landscape (31st March)
6. Long Melford: village identity and family pride (2nd April)
New subscribers have until 17th June to watch all episodes.
1. Mahler Eight: birth in Munich, death in Venice by Stephen Johnson (4th March)
2. Backstage at the Opera: Welsh National Opera at work by Simon Rees (11th March)
3. Re-Wilding Handel: the composer as landscape artist by Jonathan Keates (18th March)
4. The Healing Power of Music: hope, inspiration and kinship by Clare Hammond (25th March)
5. Mozart's Last Year: myths and misconceptions by Richard Wigmore (1st April)
6. Wagner and Vienna: Fin-de-Siècle hothouse and the Gesamtkunstwerk by Barry Millington (8th April)
7. Josquin des Prez: what made him a ‘Master of Musicians’? by Professor John Bryan (15th April)
8. The Life of Music: performance across the centuries by Sir Nicholas Kenyon (22nd April)
New subscribers have until 11th May to watch all episodes.
1. Epics in the Ancient World: Ideas of Transmission (9th February)
2. Homer: Gods and Mortals (16th February)
3. Gilgamesh: The Art of Being Human (23rd February)
4. Mahabharata: The Universe Explained (2nd March)
5. Ramayana: Gods, Heroes and Monkey Kings (9th March)
6. Shahnameh: the Persian Epic of Kings (16th March)
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