This page lists documentaries about architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts.
PS3537 .T669 A72 2005 DVD
A feature-length movie dramatization of Irving Stone's novel about the struggle between Pope Julius II and the artist Michelangelo over the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison.
N72 .M85 A463 2005 DVD
At the age of fifty, Alma Rumball had a vision in which Christ told her to bring a message to the world. Soon after, she began to produce hundreds of mystical, mythical drawings, full of astonishingly vivid detail.
N8189 .R8 A5 2002 VHS
25 minutes; released 1997.
A documentary about the role of icons in traditional Russian Orthodox life based on the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
ND699 .R8 A65 1998 DVD
205 minutes; released 1969.
A 15th-century monk perseveres in painting icons despite the civil disruptions and cruel turmoil of his times. In Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
N8189 .R82 M6 2008 DVD
18 minutes; released 1991
A documentary about the Savior-Andronikov Monastery in Moscow and its collection of icons.
N6868.5 .N37 A73 1991 DVD
Looks at the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany from the perspective of Hitler's use of the arts in Nazi policy and propaganda. Audio-track in German with optional English subtitles.
ND3359 .K4 B66 2006 DVD
"The Book of Kells" tells the story of this magnificent masterpiece. Created on the windy Hebridean island of Iona thirteen centuries ago, it now rests in the Trinity College library in Dublin. The manuscript has mystified, and motivated writers from W.B. Yeats to James Joyce and Umberto Eco, and its intricate Celtic knotwork continues to influence artists and craftsmen today.
N5300 .D58 v.6 VHS
Sixty of the most precious books formerly owned by the Kings of France and now owned by the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
N5300 .D58 v.2 1999 VHS
A documentary about the life and work of the early Renaissance Italian painter. Examines three of his masterpieces: Primavera, Pallas and the Centaur, and the Birth of Venus.
NB 553 .C44 P32 2001 DVD
159 minutes; released 1989.
Feature length movie dramatizing the true story of the legendary sculptor Rodin and his prodigy Camille Claudel. Stars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani.
PN1998.3 .D74 C35 2001 DVD
94 minutes; released 1995.
Using interviews, historical writings, and rare archival footage, this documentary sketches a portrait of one of cinema's greatest directors and provides and in-depth study of his life and work. Narrated in English; interviews in Danish and French with optional English subtitles. Directed by Torben Skjdt Jensen.
DA660 .C37 2006 DVD
An introduction to the British castle and its place in medieval life and warfare. Hosted by David Macaulay
DA 875 .C37 2005 DVD
A documentary exploring the romantic history of the clans of Scotland through tours of the turrets, battlements and grandly furnished great halls of structures that have witnessed centuries of war, tribal treachery and occasional splendor. Also includes Scotland: The Edge of the Land, an aerial journey along Scotland's western coastline.
NA4830 .C38 2006 DVD
The construction of a fictional but representative Gothic cathedral, showing how the building was shaped by cultural and religious forces. Hosted by David Macaulay
ND 553 .C33C49 2006 DVD
This program explores the link between the famous artist, Paul Cézanne, and his beloved home in Aix-en-Provence, France. Some of Cezanne's paintings are also shown.
CB203 .C48 2006 DVD
11 (60 minute) episodes; released 1969.
Art historian Kenneth Clark examines the breadth of Western European culture, defining what he considers to be the crucial phases of its development.
N6868 .D33 1995 VHS
Describes Nazi attacks on the avant garde and the destruction of modernist art culminating in the 1937 exhibition of "Entartete Kunst" (degenerate art) in Munich.
PQ4391 .B688 D58 2004 DVD
A documentary about the 92 illustrations produced by Sandro Botticelli to accompany an edition of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy.
PN1997 .F467 2005 DVD
88 minutes; released 1972.
In this free-form documentary, the legendary filmmaker Orson Welles engages the central preoccupation of his career: the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies.
DG737.26 .P694 2008 DVD
Journalist Bill Moyers travels to Florence to explore how the city's rich Reniassance legacy affects the way people think and feel today. Features the frescoes of Massaccio and Masolino, the sculpture of Donatello, Ghiberti and Michaelangelo, and the architecture of Brunelleschi.
ND192 .I4 B73 2002 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.
NA4830 .G68 1995 DVD
A documentary about the architecture of Gothic cathedrals including Notre Dame in Paris, Notre Dame in Chartres, and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
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N6915 .K56 2004 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.
N 3350 .H465 2004 DVD
8 hours, 18 minutes
An 18 part series covering world history through the medium of the art on display at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
N8189 .G72 H6 1989 DVD
2 programs, approximately 30 minutes each
Filmed at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, this documentary focuses on icons as objects of religious worship and artistic achievement.
N6999 .C46 H66 2002 DVD
A documentary portrait of the Russian painter Marc Chagall, with photographs of over 300 of his paintings, murals and stained-glass windows. Also includes interviews with the artist and his wife.
N5300 .H69 2006 DVD
290 minutes; 5 episodes
A series about how the first big artistic discoveries were made and how they have cascaded down the centuries to define the look of the present day.
N6995 .U5 I32 1990 VHS
A documentary about the decoration of a Byzantine church in Chicago. In Ukrainian and English.
N8050 .I43447 2005 DVD
Traces the various ways in which Jesus has been portrayed in art from the fourth century to the present day. Documents wooden icons from the Eastern church, stained glass windows of the great cathedrals, fresco paintings, woodcuts on paper, and silk paintings from the east, by famous and unknown artists.
ND3359 .L5 L5 1999z DVD
A documentary about this seventh century illuminated manuscript. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.
PS3537 .T669 L87 2006 DVD
122 minutes; released 1956.
A dramatization of the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh based on the novel by Irving Stone. Starring Kirk Douglas.
NB249 .A43 M375 2008 DVD
Nun and professional sculptor Marie Helene Allain describes how she has united her spirituality with her art.
DG737.42 .M43 2003 DVD
A documentary about the Florentine family who helped ignite the Renaissance in Italy.
ND553 .M37 M634 2003 DVD
A documentary about the relationship between Henri Matisse and Sister Jacques-Marie, the woman who inspired him to create the Chapel of the Rosary in the village of Vence.
N610 .B748 2008 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
N352 .M9 2008 DVD
The controversy about a four-year old artist compared to Jackson Pollock - who may have had assistance from her parents.
N8060 .N38 2005 DVD
A documentary about the history, art and spirituality of nativity scenes.
N5300 .D58 v.1 1999 VHS
A documentary about Picasso's 1937 painting "Guernica," which memorializes the German air bombardment of the Spanish town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
RC439 .P356 1974 DVD
A brief dramatization about a young mental patient who is moved by a painting.
GT2344 .I4 P356 2005 DVD
Filmmaker Cyrus Sundar Singh looks at the vanishing art form of hand-painted Indian posters and their spiritual significance.
N5300 .D58 v.4 VHS
A major exhibition featuring 240 manuscripts of French illumination from 1430 to 1520.
N8070 .P53 2007 DVD
An examination of paintings, mosaics, and sculpture of the Virgin Mary. Narrated by Jane Seymour.
ML410 .B996 P53 2004 DVD
William Byrd was a devout Catholic and the favourite composer of Queen Elizabeth I. This documentary features performances of his sacred music and a biographical sketch.
DT63 .P9 2006 DVD
An introduction to the Egyptian pyramid showing how it was constructed and used. Hosted by David Macaulay.
N8795.3 .E85 N532 2008 DVD
A provocative account of the Nazi theft of cultural masterpieces during World War II, and of their subsequent recovery and repatriation.
N6250 .R43 1989 VHS
The spiritual and cultural dynamics of early Christianity that gave rise to the art of the Byzantine icon.
TA80 .R6 R65 2006 DVD
The construction of a fictional but representative Roman city in Gaul, showing how the city acted as both a commercial and political unit. Hosted by David Macaulay.
N8189 .B9 S237 2007z DVD
Approx. 75 minutes
Fr. Brendan McAnerney introduces Western Christians to the art, spirituality, history and tradition of "holy iconography" as practiced in the churches of the East.
ND1430 .S23 1997 VHS
British art critic, Sister Wendy Beckett, explores Italian illuminated manuscripts.
BS 2825.2 .S484 1999 DVD
Host David Nunn takes viewers to Turkey on a tour of the seven cities mentioned in Revelation chapters 2-3.
N5300 .S32 2007 DVD
8 (50 minute) episodes
Simon Schama introduces eight major artists: Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rothko.
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NK5344 .C26 P34 1998 VHS
Sister Wendy Beckett and Dr. George Pattison conduct a tour of the King's College Chapel, Cambridge, and provide explanations of the significance of the stained glass windows in the chapel.
ND249 .M27 P44 2005 DVD
Examines the legacy of Pegi Nicol MacLeod, a relatively unknown Canadian painter.
N7824.2 .C2 D66 2005 DVD
6 23-minute episodes
A guide to the Donovan Collection of contemporary Canadian art with spiritual themes owned by St Michael’s.
N6537 .W28S8 2000 VHS
87 minutes; released 1990.
This stylish and definitive documentary about painter Andy Warhol traces his life from Pittsburgh schoolboy to pop art legend, from advertising illustrator to chronicler of the haut monde of New York City.
N8188 .T6 2010 DVD
6 60-minute episodes
A step-by-step instructional tool on the process of creating traditional Byzantine icons.
N6919 .T67 T743 2002 DVD
30 programs, each 30 approximately minutes
A series about the rich artistic history of Tuscany, including works by Cimabue, Giotto, Duccio, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Michelangelo.
N2940 .V385 2006 DVD
410 minutes. Released 1997.
An overview of the Vatican Museums and of five hundred years of papal art collecting.
N5300 .D58 v.3 1999 VHS
A documentary about the life and work of the 17th-century Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer.
JK468 .P64 C466 2007 DVD
105 minutes; released 2007.
A documentary of a 2007 lecture by Noam Chomsky on US government and corporate elite policies.
ND237 .P73 W46 2007 DVD
74 minutes; released 2006.
A retired truck driver and her team of lawyers and forensic experts try to convince the art world that a painting she bought for $5 is in fact a Jackson Pollock original.