For the first time the BBC is to devote an entire series to Spanish art.
Putting the record straight, art historian and critic Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals the untold story of Spanish art – overshadowed until now by the story of Italian art.
The Art Of Spain, three 60-minute programmes for BBC Four and set to broadcast in early 2008, will celebrate the astonishing influence of Spain on European art.
Travelling from the unique Muslim contribution in the medieval south, through the golden age of El Greco and Velasquez in the heart of Spain, to the modern art of Picasso and Dali in the north, the series will tell the story of some of Europe’s most exiting and vital art.
Presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon will immerse himself in true Spanish culture and meet the people who live and work with this artistic legacy.
This is a story that is central to European history.
Andrew Graham-Dixon said: “Spain is the place where the art and religions of east and west collided and where the nature of European culture and civilisation was decided.”
Basil Comely, Acting BBC Vision Studio Head, Arts, said: “We’ve made so many films about Italian art this series feels long overdue.
“And it’s been an amazing journey of discovery – to find a story that is both more dramatic and surprising than anything Florence, Rome and Sienna have to offer.”
Art Of Spain is a BBC Vision Studios production, commissioned by Adam Kemp and series produced by Robin Dashwood.It follows in the footsteps of The Art Of Eternity, also fronted by Andrew Graham-Dixon, which went out earlier this year.