Johannes Vermeer, The Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm. The Hague, bequest of Arnoldus Andries des Tombe. © The Hague, Mauritshuis Royal Cabinet of Paintings
Through the light, the American artist of Irish origins Sean Scully revealed to the viewer all the secrets of his art. But what is it that makes this abstract master one of the most appreciated painters by the public, but above all one of the richest contemporary artists in the world?
There is also the story of its rise in the extensive television programming set to kick off this first week of September. While museums are waiting to welcome the new autumn exhibitions, art on the small screen is already in turmoil, and is preparing to give surprises.
Here are the ones not to be missed.
On Sky Arte the rise of Sean Scully
September on Sky Arte has the colors of the great collections. Tuesday 6 at 17.10 we will travel to the Louvre, with the appointment Louvre – a timeless museum. For almost 230 years the Parisian museum, with its masterpieces, has been a source of inspiration, dreams, fantasies, and still today it never ceases to amaze and involve its numerous visitors.
In this documentary we will discover the links that are intertwined between the museum and its guests through a total immersion in its depths. Supported by archival images and exceptional reports we will explore what still makes the home of the Gioconda an eternal and timeless place.
Leonardo da Vinci, Gioconda, 1503, 53 x 77 cm, Paris, Louvre Museum
On Saturday 10th September at 6.35pm the Sky Arte public will meet one of the most famous young faces in art. The girl with the Pearl Earringdirected by Peter Webber, will star Colin Firth, as the Flemish painter Jan Vermeer, and Scarlett Johansson as the young servant Griet.
A fascinating first viewing will close the week of art on Sky. Sunday 11 September at 9.15 pm Unstoppable – The art of Sean Scully invites you to follow one of the richest contemporary artists in the world for a year, discovering the secrets of his rise. The Irish-born American artist still continues to seduce the public today with his recognizable style and a heroic geometric abstraction made of dense and luxurious streaks.
Sean Scully, Doric Ascending, 2012
Sardinia of nuraghi lands on Rai Storia
On Monday 5 September at 9.10 pm, a story of encounters, mergers and stratifications that begins with the Nuragic civilization and reaches the unification of Italy will be broadcast on Rai Storia. Sardinia told by Francesca Fialdini will be the protagonist of It’s Italy, beauty!, the Rai Cultura program broadcast on Rai Storia. The public is invited to make an itinerary among the more than seven thousand nuraghi that can still be encountered today while traveling in the hinterland of the island, and to browse the layers of history. From Cagliari, where the signs of the Punic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations alternate between monuments, theaters, neighborhoods and even along the seabed, the story will arrive at canto a tenore, one of the most authentic forms of traditional artistic expression, protected by Unesco as an intangible heritage of humanity. This highly suggestive choir, with four distinct voices that give life to poignant polyphonic harmonies, embodies an ancient poetic tradition, still capable of telling life, dreams, poignant love.
Correggio and Guttuso in the week of Rai 5
The week of Rai 5 begins on Monday 5 September at 7:02 pm with a story dedicated to Carlo Scarpa and Aldo Rossi, two masters who changed Italian architecture in the second half of the twentieth century.
Wednesday 7 September, at 7.52 in Masterpiece investigations three historical thefts of Italian works of art become the trace to tell how over the years the methods of investigation in the field of theft of works belonging to our cultural heritage have increasingly refined, which have brought Italy among the most advanced nations to world level.
On Thursday 8, the reruns of Art Night lead us face to face with the photojournalist Uliano Lucas, an independent voice who has told the story of the twentieth century with his shots in which civil and political commitment dialogues with photography.
Also on Thursday, in the company of Art Night, we set out on the trail of Correggioan artist whose fame has suffered mixed fortunes over time.
Friday Art Night proposes a document from the RAI Teche that invites viewers to learn about the life, works and political commitment of Renato Guttuso, one of the greatest innovators of Italian neo-realist painting before inviting us to savor The colors of the Biennale, a path that touches authors, protests, stories and protagonists of one of the most important international artistic events.
Antonio Allegri known as Correggio, Leda, 1530-31. Gemaldegalerie, Berlin I Antonio da Correggio, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
On Arte tv Donatello, pop star of the Renaissance
With ARTE tv we go back the centuries up to the fifteenth century. With the Renaissance, a wave of artistic effervescence swept Europe. In Florence, where this wind of renewal blows with intense vigor, Donatello develops new sculptural techniques. With his uncommon sense of observation, this sculptor peered into the world like no other before him, approaching proportions and perspectives in a completely new way. To him we owe the great turning point that induced colleagues of the caliber of Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to follow in his footsteps.
The documentary Donatello: the pop star of the Renaissance on ARTE tv from 3 September to 2 December he retraces his life, recounting the relationship with the patron Cosimo de ‘Medici and the great friendship with the architect Filippo Brunelleschi.
Donatello, San Giovanni Evangelista, Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore