Sunday 2 February 2014

TV: Rococo: Travel, Pleasure, Madness - and the Occult

I've been told Sir Francis Dashwood and the Hellfire Club will be getting a mention in Tuesday evening's documentary about 18th century style. The third part of Waldemar Januszczak's series about Rococo art looks at the descent into madness.

The description on the BBC Four website says: "The 18th century is seen as the era of frivolity and enjoyment, but in an age of such decadence there was also the brutish satire of Hogarth, the mysterious masked figures of Longhi, the anguish of Messerschmidt and the depths of Goya's macabre genius."

I'll be interested to see what it has to say about the Hellfire Club too.

Rococo: Travel, Pleasure, Madness is on BBC Four on Tuesday 4 February at 9pm. You can find out more, watch earlier episodes of the series and see a clip here:

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