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Born in England in 1931, Brian Sewell is considered one of Britain’s most prominent and outspoken art critics. He was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art and subsequently became an art critic for the London Evening Standard; he has received numerous awards for his work in journalism. Sewell has also presented several television documentaries, including an arts travelogue called The Naked Pilgrim in 2003. He has talked candidly about the prejudice he has endured because of his sexuality.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Isenheim Altarpiece, John Singer Sargent, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Matthias Grünewald, Rembrandt, Jesus Christ

Duration: 3 minutes, 40 seconds

Date story recorded: 2008

Date story went live: 28 June 2012