First broadcast: Tuesday 24th March 2009
In his first lecture, Smith considers the very beginnings of art with a visit to the oldest man-made image in Britain and a quick survey of the pre and post-Neanderthal scene. He also interviews radical young artist Vivien Vivien, reveals the truth about Van Gogh's ear and presents a guide to the unfathomable world of Dada.
First broadcast: Tuesday 31st March 2009
This week, Arthur looks at probably the most famous period in art history. Arthur deconstructs the Renaissance and asks if it is time for a 'Re-Renaissance'. The artist of the week is Caravaggio, who was not a very nice man.
First broadcast: Tuesday 7th April 2009
Arthur continues his journey through the history of western representation and arrives at its most glorious flowering - his own work.