EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
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Explore the secrets behind some of the world’s most famous paintings
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.
- 20-page viewer’s guide includes key points, discussion questions, avenues for further learning, featured artwork, and more.
- "The Rest of the Story": Stories behind the story
- Artist biographies
- Exclusive web extras
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
Top Customer Reviews
THE PRESENTER, Waldemar Januszczak, U.K., is an art critic who never learned to be sophisticatedly boring, dull, & lifeless. He will even make you laugh by finding a lighter side to masterpieces of art. He provides his opinion alongside the findings of other authorities, so you can decide for yourself. He does this in a manner somewhat similar to a European travelogue. Enjoyable. Scenic.
Individual episodes are less than 25 minutes, a perfect length for classroom use at universities and High Schools. 1 or 2 episodes touch on language and/or sexual topics that might want to be previewed and opted upon by "conservative" schools. Probably just a PG rating if it were to be rated, however.
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHING: Each painting episode touches not only on the art itself, but on history, geography, and literature related to the piece. This is true educational integration, highly sought by state-of-the-art school curriculum.
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
"Mr and Mrs Andrews", Gainsborough, England. A mystery of the unfinished masterpiece.
"The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp", Rembrandt, Dutch. The artist's haunting of death. Painting is compared to TVs "E.R."
"The Tempest", Giorgione, Venice. Giorgione means 'Big George'. This is a mysterious painter of even more mysterious art. Is Homer's "Odyssey" a clue?
"The Birth of Venus", Botticelli, Florence. Venus' voluptuous vulnerability vexing the virile.Read more ›
Production values are rather low -- there is jittery camera-work throughout. During one scene in particular, featuring Titian's Concert Champêtre, the camera actually bobs up and down!
In lieu of this series, I would heartily recommend Civilisation (Kenneth Clark), The Shock of the New (Robert Hughes), Power of Art (Simon Schama), and The Private Life of a Masterpiece. All of these documentary series on art history are brilliant and blow Every Picture Tells a Story out of the water.
In the end, they are both good but Januszack 'Every Picture Tells a Story' is masterful and leaves Simon (never met a simile I didn't like) Schama in the dust.
Insightful and compelling.
I'd like to see a lot more from Mr. Januszczack.
Other DVD's created by Waldemar Januszczak that are particularly worthwhile are his analysis of The Dark Ages, Picasso, and my favorite...on Gauguin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Content & Interesting Comentary for Art-Appreciation...Published 4 months ago by Delsieann
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 12 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 20 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 24 months ago by Snow Cloud
...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