Simon Schama's Great Gallery Tours

On BBC Radio 4

Episode One - The Courtauld Gallery

Sir Simon Schama begins his series from the Courtauld Gallery in London where he picks out the cream of the Impressionist collection.

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Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine, by Paul Cézanne

A Bar at The Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet

Nevermore by Paul Gauguin

Episode Two - The Rijksmuseum

Sir Simon Schama’s love of Rembrandt and the great Dutch masters. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is more than a gallery – it’s an expression of national identity.

Marriage Portrait (Beatrice van der Laen and Abraham Massa) by Frans Hals

The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn –

Woman Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer

Still Life with Asparagus by Adriaen Coorte

Episode Three - The Prado Museum

The Prado, home to the collection of the Spanish monarchs, has partially re-opened. Sir Simon Schama selects works that are worth waiting to see

Guernica by Pablo Picasso (in the The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía)

The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya

Charles V at the Battle of Muhlberg by Titian

Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez

 Agnus Dei by Francisco Zurbaran

Episode Four - The Whitney

In his home town of New York, Sir Simon Schama celebrates four great 20th century artists from the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Four Darks in Red by Mark Rothko

New York Movie by Edward Hopper

A Woman In The Sun by Edward Hopper

War Series by Jacob Lawrence

Untitled 2008 by Cindy Sherman

Photo: Courtesy of the Cindy Sherman and Metro Pictures, New York