Mu­seum Se­crets

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.30pm, BBC Knowl­edge This ter­rific Cana­dian se­ries looks be­hind the en­trance doors of some of the world’s most fa­mous mu­se­ums to un­veil lit­tle known facts about some of the trea­sures they con­tain that the ca­sual vis­i­tor would miss. In the com­ing weeks, we’re walked through the fab­u­lous col­lec­tions of Wash­ing­ton’s Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion, Paris’s Chateau de Ver­sailles, the Is­rael Mu­seum in Jerusalem, Royal Mu­se­ums Green­wich, Florence’s Uf­fizi Gallery, Tu­nisia’s Bardo and the State His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum, Moscow. In this episode, se­crets of Madrid’s Pala­cio Real are re­vealed through in­ter­views with cu­ra­tors and his­to­ri­ans, and reen­act­ments. It starts by ex­plor­ing the ori­gin of Spain’s splen­dour and power in the 16th cen­tury. No, it wasn’t due to gold or sil­ver but mer­cury. Through the cen­turies, more than mil­lions of min­ers died from the toxic vapours while many more went in­sane. Still, they made the Pala­cio’s mag­nif­i­cent hall of mir­rors pos­si­ble.

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