Simon and his masterful team use narration, storytelling, dramatic reconstruction, photography, lighting, and acting to full effect. The series focuses on Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko.
Each historically based segment is engaging and brings humanity and a deeper understanding of the lives and creations of each of these artists. It is hard not to watch the entire series in one sitting.
The actors used in all the segments were superb, especially Andy Serkis as Van Gogh. I was bought to tears watching the Van Gogh and Rothko segments.
Be sure to watch the commentaries as well, they deepen your appreciation of the hard work and skill required to create such a quality series and reveal a more humorous and approachable side to Simon as he can be somewhat intimidating in his full narrative eloquence!
So if you are looking for something that engages as well as enlightens, take a look at this amazing series.
And Simon, if you read this blog, I (and I'm sure many of your fans) enthusiastically vote for more!