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Turner - The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J. M. W. Turner

Franny Moyle

The life of one of Western art's most admired and misunderstood painters J.M.W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape painting. Over the course of his lifetime, Turner strove to liberate painting from an antiquated system of patronage. Bringing a new level of expression and color to his canvases, he paved the way for the modern artist. Turner was very much a man of his changing era. In his lifetime, he saw Britain ravaged by Napoleonic wars, revived by the Industrial Revolution, and embarked upon a new moment of Imperial glory with the ascendancy of Queen Victoria. His own life embodied astonishing transformation. Born the son of a barber in Covent Garden, he was buried amid pomp and ceremony in St. Paul's Cathedral. Turner was accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy at the height of the French Revolution when a climate of fear dominated Britain. Unable to travel abroad he explored at home, reimagining the landscape to create some of the most iconic scenes of his country. But his work always had a profound human element. When a moment of peace allowed travel into Europe, Turner was one of the first artists to capture the beauty of the Alps, to revive Venice as a subject, and to follow in Byron's footsteps through the Rhine country. While he was commercially successful for most of his career, Turner's personal life remained fraught. His mother suffered from mental illness and was committed to Bedlam. Turner never married but had several long-term mistresses and illegitimate daughters. His erotic drawings were numerous but were covered up by prurient Victorians after his death. Turner's late, impressionistic work was held up by his Victorian detractors as example of a creeping madness. Affection for the artist's work soured. John Ruskin, the greatest of all 19th century art critics, did what he could to rescue Turner's reputation, but Turner's very last works confounded even his greatest defender. TURNER h

The life of one of Western art's most admired and misunderstood painters J.M.W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape painting. Over the course of his lifetime, Turner strove to liberate painting from an antiquated system of patronage. Bringing a new level of expression and color to his canvases, he paved the way for the modern artist. Turner was very much a man of his changing era. In his lifetime, he saw Britain ravaged by Napoleonic wars, revived by the Industrial Revolution, and embarked upon a new moment of Imperial glory with the ascendancy of Queen Victoria. His own life embodied astonishing transformation. Born the son of a barber in Covent Garden, he was buried amid pomp and ceremony in St. Paul's Cathedral. Turner was accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy at the height of the French Revolution when a climate of fear dominated Britain. Unable to travel abroad he explored at home, reimagining the landscape to create some of the most iconic scenes of his country. But his work always had a profound human element. When a moment of peace allowed travel into Europe, Turner was one of the first artists to capture the beauty of the Alps, to revive Venice as a subject, and to follow in Byron's footsteps through the Rhine country. While he was commercially successful for most of his career, Turner's personal life remained fraught. His mother suffered from mental illness and was committed to Bedlam. Turner never married but had several long-term mistresses and illegitimate daughters. His erotic drawings were numerous but were covered up by prurient Victorians after his death. Turner's late, impressionistic work was held up by his Victorian detractors as example of a creeping madness. Affection for the artist's work soured. John Ruskin, the greatest of all 19th century art critics, did what he could to rescue Turner's reputation, but Turner's very last works confounded even his greatest defender. TURNER h
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The life of one of Western art's most admired and misunderstood painters J.M.W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape painting. Over the course of his lifetime, Turner strove to liberate painting from an antiquated system of patronage. Bringing a new level of expression and color to his canvases, he paved the way for the modern artist. Turner was very much a man of his changing era. In his lifetime, he saw Britain ravaged by Napoleonic wars, revived by the Industrial Revolution, and embarked upon a new moment of Imperial glory with the ascendancy of Queen Victoria. His own life embodied astonishing transformation. Born the son of a barber in Covent Garden, he was buried amid pomp and ceremony in St. Paul's Cathedral. Turner was accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy at the height of the French Revolution when a climate of fear dominated Britain. Unable to travel abroad he explored at home, reimagining the landscape to create some of the most iconic scenes of his country. But his work always had a profound human element. When a moment of peace allowed travel into Europe, Turner was one of the first artists to capture the beauty of the Alps, to revive Venice as a subject, and to follow in Byron's footsteps through the Rhine country. While he was commercially successful for most of his career, Turner's personal life remained fraught. His mother suffered from mental illness and was committed to Bedlam. Turner never married but had several long-term mistresses and illegitimate daughters. His erotic drawings were numerous but were covered up by prurient Victorians after his death. Turner's late, impressionistic work was held up by his Victorian detractors as example of a creeping madness. Affection for the artist's work soured. John Ruskin, the greatest of all 19th century art critics, did what he could to rescue Turner's reputation, but Turner's very last works confounded even his greatest defender. TURNER h

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Sackville

Length:

17h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:42


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:20


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:35


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:57


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:54


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:12


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:05


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:30


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:55


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

09:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:14


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:08


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:04


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:49


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:25


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:16


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:05


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:38


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:07


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:28


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:53


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:26


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:48


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

09:23


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:24


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:55


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

09:24


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:44


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

09:50


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

09:46


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:32


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

09:50


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:00


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:08


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:58


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:55


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:31


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

09:31


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:50


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

09:49


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:15


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:16


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:45


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:40


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:14


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

08:14


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

09:34


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

09:32


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

09:31


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:29


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

07:56


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:28


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:28


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:46


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:44


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:43


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:03


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

00:24