A History of Art in Three Colours is an Arts programme.

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A History of Art in Three Colours

Art historian James Fox follows up his British Masters series by investigating artists' use of blue, white and gold, and explains how, by choosing these colours, painters have stirred emotions, changed the way people behave and had an impact on the course of history. He begins with gold and its use in early sun worship, before reinterpreting the treasures of the pharaohs, the mosaics of Byzantium and the work of Renaissance master Benvenuto Cellini. He also explores Gustav Klimt's The Kiss and discovers a Birmingham inventor who tried to achieve the alchemist's dream - turning base metals into gold.

Genre: Arts

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is A History of Art in Three Colours next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Four July 4th, 12:00am and on BBC Four July 10th, 11:35pm. See more...

Main Cast

Matt Hill
Dr James Fox
Jonty Claypole