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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
Worth the price - Just for the analysis of " The Arnolfini Wedding," by Van Eyck. Love is one of the most elusive concepts...and its depiction is actually quite rare in art... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gerard D. Launay
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 6 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 10 months ago by Carol Nash
An interesting look at the story behind some of the most famous art works in the world. Well presented and easy to follow.Published 11 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 11 months ago by Mark Evans
The narrator is REALLY annoying, projecting his biases on the women in the paintings. I gave up after three episodes.Published 13 months ago by Jenny Crusie Smith
Every picture Tells a story (2004) is an unique eight-part art critic series leaded by British art specialist Waldemar Januszczak. Read morePublished 14 months ago by W. Gonzalez
I Teach art history and this was a great way to get the students' interest. I definitely recommend this product.Published 15 months ago by G. Rucker