«Art in English» pretendió abordar argumentos de particular interés cultural, sobre todo en torno al Arte, mediante la reflexión y posterior coloquio.
Nos apoyamos en documentales (de unos 20′ cada uno) dirigidos por uno de los grandes historiadores y humanistas ingleses del siglo XX, Kenneth Clark, tras los cuales tendremos un coloquio de unos 25′, moderado por José Alipio Morejón, doctor en Historia del Arte.
Romance and Reality. Beginning at a castle in the Loire and then traveling through the hills of Tuscany and Umbria to the cathedral baptistry at Pisa, Clark examines both the aspirations and achievements of the later Middle Ages in 14th century France and Italy.
Man: The Measure of all Things. Visiting Florence, Clark argues that European thought gained a new impetus from its rediscovery of its classical past in the 15th century. He also visits the palaces at Urbino and Mantua and other centers of (Renaissance) civilization.
The Hero as Artist. Here Clark takes the viewer back to 16th century Papal Rome—noting the convergence of Christianity and antiquity. He discusses Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci; the courtyards of the Vatican; the rooms decorated for the Pope by Raphael; and the Sistine Chapel.
Protest and Communication. Clark takes the viewer back to the Reformation—to the Germany of Albrecht Dürer and Martin Luther and the world of the humanists Erasmus, Montaigne, and Shakespeare.
Grandeur and Obedience. Again in the Rome of Michelangelo and Bernini, Clark tells of the Catholic Church’s fight against the Protestant north—the Counter-Reformation—and the Church’s new splendour symbolised by the glory of St. Peter’s.
The Light of Experience. Clark tells of new worlds in space and in a drop of water—worlds that the telescope and microscope revealed—and the new realism in the Dutch paintings of Rembrandt and others artists that took the observation of human character to a higher stage of development in the 17th century.