A Very British Renaissance

A Very British Renaissance
Art historian James Fox celebrates an era from the early 1500s to the mid-1600s that saw Britain shed its medieval shackles and embrace a world of cutting-edge art, literature, architecture and science.
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  • Season 1 Episode 3: Whose Renaissance?

    Dr James Fox explores how the tension between two cultures - one courtly, classical and European and the other homegrown, innovative and vital - contributed to England's descent into civil war in the mid-17th century. Concluding episode of the programme celebrating an age that saw Britain embrace a world of cutting-edge art, literature, architecture and science

  • Season 1 Episode 2: The Elizabethan Code

    Dr James Fox explores the development of artistic ideas in Elizabethan England in an age obsessed with secrets, with poets writing in code and artworks and buildings concealing mysterious symbols and hidden meanings. The historian examines the portrait miniatures of Nicholas Hilliard, deciphers religious messages hidden in structures designed by Catholic politician Thomas Tresham, and looks at the earliest surviving example of a globe by Emery Molyneux, which symbolised England's appetite to explore the New World

  • Season 1 Episode 1: The Renaissance Arrives

    Art historian Dr James Fox celebrates an era from the early 1500s to the mid-1600s that saw Britain shed its medieval shackles and embrace a world of cutting-edge art, literature, architecture and science. In the opening edition, he explores how the Renaissance arrived on the nation's shores when a handful of influential European artists brought ideas from the continent in the early 16th century, sparking a cultural revolution

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