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With characteristic wit, art critic Waldemar Januszczak turns his educated eye to eight masterpieces of European painting, unraveling the secrets behind each. What did Gainsborough intend for the conspicuous void in Mr and Mrs Andrews? Why did Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa capture the world’s imagination? How did Manet shock French society with his Le déjeuner sur l’herbe ("Luncheon on the Grass")? From New York City to Paris to Rome, Januszczak searches out the art experts, literary and artistic allusions, and historical records--not to mention juicy gossip--to expose long-held secrets within the gilded frames.
Works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Giorgione, Caravaggio, and van Eyck also take on new and deeper meanings in this lively, engaging eight-part series.
Writer and filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic for The Sunday Times (U.K.) since 1992. He has twice been honored as Critic of the Year by the Press Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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Every Picture Tells A Story
Sometimes I wonder if Mr. Januszczak has quite the imagination, or insight. Interesting, none the less, and I enjoyed and learned from the programs.
Love this series! Wish there were more! Interesting and engaging - I wish there were more episodes in the series!Published 3 months ago by planetdebz
The art here is fantastic but this series is hard to watch and listen to. The narrator has an abrasive, almost condescending tone, and he does little more than spin gossip and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by I Teach Typing
Waldemar Januszczak is an insiteful and engaging commentator. He puts famous works of art into the context of the period in which they were painted. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carol Nash
...of time and money. I only made it through 2 episodes.
I'm no artist, but I enjoy learning about subjects about which I know nothing. Read more
An interesting look at the story behind some of the most famous art works in the world. Well presented and easy to follow.Published 16 months ago by SLee
Amazingly interesting. Great way to learn about art. My girl friend got hooked on art history because if this series.Published 17 months ago by Mark Evans