Film Director Phil Grabsky and art-lover Laura Bentham meet each week to talk about paintings that inspire or excite them. Listen to their ‘Painting of the Week’ and explore some of the world’s most amazing art.
Episode 19: Andrea Mantegna, Triumphs of Caesar
In this episode of the Painting of The Week Podcast, Laura and Phil take a look at 'Triumphs of Caesar' a series of nine large paintings created by the Italian Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna
Episode 17: Bridget Riley, Uneasy Centre, 1963
Bridget Riley is one of today’s most prominent artists, having made her name in the 1960s with black and white paintings that explored the dynamic effects of optical phenomena. This week Phil and Laura look at Uneasy Centre from 1963… and somehow manage to mention the rock band Black Sabbath!
Episode 16: Berthe Morisot, Girl in a Boat, with Geese
Phil and Laura this week look at a painting by Berthe Morisot, one of the leading French Impressionists. The vivid oil painting features a lady rowing a boat, with geese standing on the edge of a river… or does it? Time to take a closer look…
Episode 14: The Alexander Mosaic
A one-and-a-half-million-piece marble mosaic that is as stunning as it is fascinating. Found in Pompeii and now in the wonderful archaeological museum in Naples. Phil & Laura take a closer look at both the history and the art…
Episode 13: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring
Created by Johannes Vermeer in 1665, this painting is among the most popular ever painted. Phil and Laura look a little closer at this enigmatic portrait to try to understand why that is...
Episode 12: Henri Matisse, The Snail
This week Phil & Laura explore one of Matisse’s most famous works, created towards the end of his life when he was confined to bed due to ill health… His materials? Coloured paper and a large pair of scissors. The result: for many, a masterpiece.
Episode 10: Howard Hodgkin, Mrs Acton in Delhi
Hodgkin was one of Britain’s foremost contemporary painters and is hugely popular. India was a place very close to his heart, and the fascinating Mrs Acton in Delhi was painted there between 1967 – 71.
Episode 9: Pieter Bruegel, The Hunters in the Snow
The wintry scene painted by Bruegel in 1565 is one of a series depicting rural life at different times of the year. The three hunters are seen returning from what appears to be an unsuccessful trip…
Episode 8: Otto Dix, Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden
This portrait, painted in 1926, came about when German artist Otto Dix passed the journalist in the street and exclaimed ‘I must paint you! I simply must! You are representative of an entire epoch!’…