Explore the myths 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.
About the Host
Writer and filmmaker Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic for The Sunday Times (U.K.) since 2002. He has twice been honored as Critic of the Year by the Press Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland.