Dr. Anne Pritchard considers how Renoir used a sumptuous blue dress to bring the nineteenth-century Paris art world face to face with modernity.
Sarah Couslon, curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, discusses how Hanging Trees addresses issues of borders, land rights and the natural environment.
Susanna Brown, curator of Photographs at the V&A, discusses striking blue nature studies by Anna Atkins, one of the world's first female photographers.
Dr Susie West explore a Victorian parterre, a 1680s sundial and a monumental altar of 1748, part of 300 years of design in the garden.
Catherine Troiano, curator at the V&A, discusses a pair of photographs of a Sycamore tree by Henry Irving, which highlight photography’s role in both science and art.
In this film Dr Clare Taylor looks at a work made by a living artist who works in London, Yinka Shonibare. The subject, materials and sites she talks about all encourage viewers to think of their own individual, British and global identity in new ways.
Dr Leah Clark discusses the function of female profile portraits, a genre that was popular in fifteenth-century Italy.
Dr Leah Clark reveals the complexities of a small devotional diptych made for the collections of Eleonora d’Aragona, the Duchess of Ferrara.
Dr Leon Wainwright tackles the issue of meaning and experience around a contemporary artwork by the New Delhi-based artist Sonia Khurana.
Professor Gill Perry explores an installation by the British artist Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991, which involved blowing up a garden shed and suspending its charred and broken fragments from the ceiling of an art gallery.