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Greenlit: Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece, BBC2

Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece – explores The Descent From The Cross by Rogier van der Weyden, which has been delighting art lovers for hundreds of years. Susie Nash, Head of the Renaissance Section of the Courtauld Institute Of Art in London, describes it as “the greatest work of northern art of the 15th century and certainly the most influential”, but what is the secret history of this world-renowned painting?

Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece delves into the turbulent times of this iconic portrayal of Christ, charting its history from its inception and rise to fame, to reportedly surviving a shipwreck and in more recent times becoming one of the first paintings to be featured on Google Earth.

Channel: BBC2

TX: 4th April 2010

Source: BBC Press Office

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