Documentaries about Art

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001-011 What is art? 012-017 Is this art?

018-025 Country, Region 026-039 School, Sort

040-048 Museum, Gallery 049-060 Where art was born in?

061-128 Artist, Art work —122-128 photographer

129-133 Collectors & others

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1. How Art Made the World (2005– )

300 min | Documentary

Documentary series looking at the influence of art on the current day situation of our society.

Stars: Nigel Spivey, Dominic Ffytche, James David Lewis-Williams, Stefano Mariottini

Votes: 574

2. Ways of Seeing (1972– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

John Berger presents his insights on how people see. Through examples of Art History Berger shows how our very sense of sight has been transformed. By discovering why this is so, according ... See full summary »

Stars: John Berger, Anya Bostock, Eva Figes, Jane Kenrick

Votes: 332

3. What is Beauty? (2009)


Documentary in which artist and writer Matthew Collings explores the concept of beauty in art. Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder, or is there something more universal we can say about it?

Director: Neil Crombie | Star: Matthew Collings

Votes: 15

4. Ugly Beauty (2010)

60 min | Documentary

Beauty today can be subtle and elusive. It can be found in the LCD sculptures of Tatsuo Miyajima, the subtle light installations of James Turrell or cancer paintings of Damien Hirst. Januzczak, Waldemar goes searching.

Director: Waldemar Januzczak | Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 7

5. Imagine (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, History

Wide ranging BBC arts programme.

Stars: Alan Yentob, Tracey Emin, Chuck Close, Richard Rogers

Votes: 85

6. Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006– )

60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style, a work of art from a great master. He concentrates not just on the art... See full summary »

Stars: Simon Schama, Grégoire Bonnet, Allan Corduner, Andrea Gherpelli

Votes: 916

7. Around the World in 80 Treasures (2005– )

TV-G | 60 min | Documentary

Dan Cruickshank goes in search of 80 treasures that define civilizations around the world.

Star: Dan Cruickshank

Votes: 227

11. Artists of the Roundtable (2008 Video)

PG | 60 min | Documentary

Today's independent artists - filmmakers, actors, comedians, and musicians gather with Hollywood Arts Society to discuss this century's most meaningful people within tv, film, and music. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael J. Foster | Stars: Grae Drake, Emery Emery, Michael J. Foster, John Fugelsang

Votes: 31

12. Statues also Die (1953)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary of black art.

Directors: Ghislain Cloquet, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais | Stars: Jean Négroni, François Mitterrand, Pope Pius XII, Sugar Ray Robinson

Votes: 988

13. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 13,560

14. Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

73 Metascore

A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Birkenstock | Stars: Wolfgang Beltracchi, Helene Beltracchi, Henrik Hanstein, James Roundell

Votes: 1,383

16. My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

PG-13 | 82 min | Documentary, Family, Mystery

74 Metascore

A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Director: Amir Bar-Lev | Stars: Marla Olmstead, Laura Olmstead, Mark Olmstead, Amir Bar-Lev

Votes: 3,052 | Gross: $0.23M

17. The Art of the Steal (2009)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Julian Bond, David D'Arcy, Richard Feigen, Richard H. Glanton

Votes: 2,168 | Gross: $0.54M

18. Art of China (2014– )


Andrew Graham-Dixon undertakes an epic journey to uncover the art of China.

Star: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Votes: 50

19. Civilisation (1969– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary, History, Music

Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Blake, William Devlin, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 692

20. Great Artists with Tim Marlow (2001– )

23 min | Documentary

A major 14 part television series in which art historian Tim Marlow takes a fresh look at the most important artworks of some of the greatest artists in history. Shot on location in over 50... See full summary »

Star: Tim Marlow

Votes: 46

21. The High Art of the Low Countries (2013– )

Not Rated | Documentary

This 3 part series is presented by the British Art Critic, Andrew Graham-Dixon. He explores the Low Countries of the Netherlands and Belgium and how history has influenced the area's art, ... See full summary »

Star: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Votes: 64

22. Art of Germany (2010– )


Andrew Graham-Dixon looks at neglected, but rich German art from the time of the Middle Ages.

Star: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Votes: 92

24. The Art of Spain (2008– )


Andrew Graham-Dixon travels to 3 areas of Spain to examine and interpret the various art of this country. He also has other series about art, one of German art and the other in Sweden.

Star: Andrew Graham-Dixon

Votes: 84

26. Landmarks of Western Art: The Late Medieval World (2003 Video)

50 min | Documentary

During the long years of the Dark Ages, the flickering flame of art was kept alive principally by the church. While all around was dark, the great masters of Medieval art such as Giotto and... See full summary »

27. The Victorians (2009– )

59 min | Documentary

Jeremy Paxman, presenter of the BBC's current affairs program Newsnight examines the life and times of the Victorian era. In the first program he focuses on the styles of Victorian artists ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Paxman, Alasdair Bruce, Ian Maine, Tom Reeves

Votes: 63

29. The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution (2011– )

60 min | Documentary

This 4 part series describes the various artists, their style, their likes and travails of the day. Introduced by an amusing Waldemar Januzczak in an easy to watch production. Each part has... See full summary »

Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 64

30. Landmarks of Western Art: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism (2003 Video)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary

Never was a world so completely turned upside down as with the arrival of the Impressionist School. Cezanne, Seurat and Manet all produced inspirational and at the time even controversial ... See full summary »

32. They Drew Fire (2000 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

The story of World War II combat artists and their art.

Director: Brian Lanker | Stars: Jason Robards, Franklin Boggs, Howard Brodie, Manuel Bromberg

Votes: 30

36. Early America Video Art Gallery (2007 Video)

75 min | History

This is a photo essay featuring American antiques, early country, artifacts, quilts & pottery, colonial architecture and much more.

Directors: William Holt, Donald Hertz | Star: Carole Holt

37. Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001– )
Episode: Power (2005)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

From politics to mass media, the theme of power pervades daily life and is reflected in the ideas and concerns of contemporary artists. The Art:21 documentary "Power" explores the work of ... See full summary »

Stars: Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Guo-Qiang Cai, David Alan Grier

38. Beautiful Losers (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

59 Metascore

This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.

Directors: Aaron Rose, Joshua Leonard | Stars: Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson

Votes: 1,274 | Gross: $0.06M

40. Art Museums of the World (2004–2005)

30 min | Documentary

A tour of the top art museums of the world, filmed in High Definition.

Votes: 11

41. Museum Secrets (2011– )


Museum Secrets is a TV series on History Television in Canada and a website with videos and games; exploring the world's renowned museums and their most enigmatic objects. Narrated by ... See full summary »

Stars: Colm Feore, Jesse Blaze Snider, Joe Medeiros

Votes: 112

42. Une visite au Louvre (2004)

49 min | Documentary

A visit to the Louvre in Paris commentated by an actor reading Cézanne.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Julie Koltaï, Jean-Marie Straub

Votes: 173

43. Treasures of the Louvre (2013 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

This is a documentary about the history of the Louvre museum, the building and the historical people influencing it as reflected in the various treasures inside it.

Director: Alastair Laurence | Star: Andrew Hussey

Votes: 44

44. National Gallery (2014)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

89 Metascore

A documentary that goes inside one of the great museums of the world: The National Gallery in London.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Leanne Benjamin, Kausikan Rajeshkumar, Jo Shapcott, Edward Watson

Votes: 1,194 | Gross: $0.10M

45. The Great Museum (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

An in-depth look at daily life at one of the most famous cultural institutions in the world, The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Director: Johannes Holzhausen | Stars: Arnout Balis, Christian Beaufort-Spontin, Marcello Farabegoli, Sylvia Ferino-Pagden

Votes: 352

48. Roma (1972)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 10,640

49. Venice (2004– )

240 min | Documentary

Documentary series telling the story of the birth of Venice, one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world.

Star: Francesco da Mosto

Votes: 113

50. Paris mil neuf cent (1947)

74 min | Documentary

Documentary limning the life of Paris and its citizens during "La Belle Epoque," the years between 1900 and 1914. Beginning with the Paris Exposition of 1900 and the completion of the ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Védrès | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Guillaume Apollinaire, Maurice Barrès, Sarah Bernhardt

Votes: 105