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Podcast of the week
Podcast of the week

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 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!’…

Episode 7: Peter Paul Rubens, The Descent from the Cross

This masterpiece, painted by Rubens in 1612-1614 for Antwerp Cathedral is this week’s Painting Of The Week. What makes it so famous? Phil & Laura take a closer look…

Episode 6: Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

Originally titled The Brothel of Avignon (renamed The Ladies of Avignon), this large oil painting created in 1907 by Pablo Picasso was deemed immoral at its first exhibition in 1916…

Episode 5: Eric Ravilious, Train Landscape

Eric Ravilious’s Train Landscape is one of his best-loved watercolours. Painted in 1939 it shows the Westbury Horse in Wiltshire as seen from the window of a train carriage…

Episode 4: Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Marat

The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David in 1793 depicts the body of Jean-Paul Marat lying dead in his bath after his murder, and is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution…

Episode 3: Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas

Frida Kahlo’s painting The Two Fridas is the subject of this episode of Painting of the Week. It was completed shortly after her divorce and shows two very different personalities…

Episode 2: Claude Monet, Bouquet of Sunflowers

In this episode we explore Monet’s Bouquet of Sunflowers, painted in 1881. A work that was revered by critics and artists alike, and was the inspiration for Van Gogh’s later sunflower paintings…

Episode 1: JMW Turner, The Fighting Temeraire

Welcome to the first episode of our Painting of the Week podcast! In this episode Phil and Laura look at Turner’s 'The Fighting Temeraire', which was once voted ‘The Greatest Painting in Britain’…