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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 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 18: Diego Velázquez, Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Painted by the extraordinary Spanish artist Diego Velázquez in Rome in 1650, Pope Innocent X considered this portrait to be ‘too true’… Laura and Phil take a closer look.

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 15: Shamsia Hassani, Money Art

This week’s Painting of the Week is by the young female Afghan graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani. The work is called Money Art and has literally just been painted. This podcast is one not to be missed.

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 11: Edward Hopper, People in the Sun

Among the greatest of all American painters, Hopper frequently focusses on humans in different forms of isolation. His People in the Sun may seem to be 5 men and women happily sun-bathing – but look again…

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!’…

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’…