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Every Picture Tells a Story - Acorn's new Athena Releases Kicks Off with Waldemar Januszczak's Masterpiece

2-DVD collection on June 2nd

Posted by David Lambert
    Every Picture Tells a Story, a lively, informative look at the secrets behind eight masterpieces, debuts on home video from Athena on June 2, 2009. Works by da Vinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Giorgione, Caravaggio, and van Eyck take on new and deeper meanings in this engaging eight-part series. Bonus features include a 20-page viewer's guide and exclusive extras that take the educational experience beyond the screen. Every Picture Tells a Story (2-volume, $39.99, is one of the first releases in the Athena line, Acorn Media Group's new home video brand for consumers interested in lifelong learning through documentary programming.

    With his characteristic wit, noted U.K. 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. Produced in 2003, Every Picture Tells a Story was shot on location in major European cities and museums. It aired in the U.S. on the Ovation Channel.
Acorn Media is introducing a new label, the Athena line of titles. Among the first releases is Every Picture Tells a Story, coming out on June 2nd. This 8-episode collection running 187 minutes also includes a 20-page viewer's guide with highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, featured artwork, and more. Also "The Rest of the Story: Stories Behind the Story" featurette, artist biographies, and exclusive web extras. Subtitles are included. Cost for this 2-disc set is $39.99 SRP, and here's a look at the cover art:

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