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  • The Arnolfini Marriage by Jan van Eyck

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 9/2/04

    A simple wedding portrait? The artistic testimony to a disputed marriage? A religiousallegory? A bold new interpretation answers this painting's many mysteries.
  • Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe by Edouard Manet

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 8/26/04

    Luncheon on the Grass created a scandal when Manet showed it in 1863. The storybehind the painting proves even more scandalous.
  • Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 8/19/04

    More than a masterpiece, the lady with the enigmatic smile turned into a popcultureicon after a heist captured the world's attention.
  • Boy Bitten by a Lizard by Caravaggio

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 8/12/04

    As the only great artist to commit murder, Caravaggio knew a little about theimpetuosity of youth, and he portrays his hard-won wisdom on canvas.
  • The Birth of Venus by Botticelli

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 12/18/03

    The ravishing goddess emerging from the sea turns out to be far more than theRenaissance's most famous sex symbol.
  • The Tempest by Giorgione

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 12/17/03

    Decoding this tension-packed painting requires searching beyond the artist'scontemporaries and exploring little-known tales from Greek mythology.
  • The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 12/11/03

    The subjects of this gruesome painting--both the surgeon and the cadaver--provejust as fascinating as the Dutch master's use of symbolism.
  • Mr and Mrs Andrews by Thomas Gainsborough

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 12/10/03

    Why didn't the artist finish this masterpiece of 18th-century British portraiture? Andwhy was the painting never seen outside the subjects' family for more than 150 years?