Stairway To Heaven is the story of an ancient and sublime work of sacred art, whose loss not only shook the art world, but triggered the shocking realisation that traditional Islamic knowledge and skills have all but vanished.
A restorer working on a Michelangelo sculpture uncovers evidence showing that the official artist of the Vatican and the Catholic Church, was, during the period of the Inquisition, flirting with Protestantism. Michelangelo belonged to a secret fraternity that was active in trying to avoid a schism in the Catholic and Protestant Churches. All of his friends who were pushing for reforms within the church were subsequently put to death by the Inquisition. Michelangelo however, being too important for the Catholic Church's own propaganda, was spared.
The Solomon Treasures tells the story of the fascinating investigations into the lucrative trade of fake artefacts that have stained biblical history and the discipline of archaeology. In the last few years biblical history has been turned upside down by a series of scandals. Investigators reveal that some of the most revered objects in Israel, and around the world, are in fact sophisticated fakes. The police suspect it may be the world's biggest ever antiquity fraud.
In the final part of this three-part series Waldemar Januszczak explores the English Baroque. From the Queen's House at Greenwich in London, through Britain's first important painter - William Dobson to the magnetism of Van Dyck.
God's artists have traditionally worked with images of the crucifix, Mary or Jesus, or created golden Buddhas or elaborate sculptures. Australia's Blake Prize for Religious Art was established in 1951 by a Catholic Jesuit priest and a Jewish lawyer to push the boundaries of contemporary religious art. Both deplored the sentimental religious art found in places of worship at that time. Compass brings you the story of the Blake by following four artists: Phil George, Marisa Purcell, Rodney Pople and Margaret Ackland, through the 2007 competition. All will make it through as finalists. And one will be highly commended.