The sea is a place of imagination, longing and memory. Yet for others the sea is a mirror of the soul. And, not to forget, the sea is also a place of war, power and conquest. Hardly any other motif is as popular and varied in painting as the open sea. The two-part documentary plunges into popular maritime motifs of fine art throughout the centuries and takes the spectators on a journey through regions and the political and cultural history of the continent Europe. We will be travelling along Europe's seaports, which served as inspiration for the painters: From Hamburg to London and Le Havre, from Cádiz to Étretat and beyond.
Prominent architects, writers, and art historians intensively and passionately engage with selected works of art and tell the unknown stories behind the paintings:
The Italian bestselling author Melania G. Mazzucco leads the viewer through Venice - to the hidden maritime motifs in Tintoretto's works.
Cézanne's great-grandson, Philippe Cezanne (without accent!!), reads from private letters of his famous ancestor, while the French star architect Rudy Ricciotti shares his emotional relationship to the Mediterranean and to Cézanne with the audience.
The director of the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation, Montse Aguer, shows the hidden rocks of the Costa Brava that inspired Dalí.
And Curator Pieter Roelof of the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum finds the artist as a war reporter in the naval pictures of the Golden Age of the Netherlands.
The filmic journey leads the viewer through Europe and behind the canvases, landscapes and life stories shimmer up - from the coasts of Andalusia via the Côte d'Azur to Normandy, from the chalk cliffs of Great Britain and the Netherlands to the Bodden waters of the Baltic Sea.