Why Paintings Don’t Work On TV

Visual art is unlikely ever to be a ratings success on TV. “The problem is that there is only so much footage of paintings an audience will tolerate, so TV tends to turn art history into a series of easily digested dramas. Tales of struggling artists, eccentric collectors, sexy models and huge prices are the staples of art telly and can overshadow the art. But maybe part of what makes a work of art great is its story.”