Eople was my favourite but I enjoyed them all Not made for a uick read but for keeping at hand enjoyed them all Not made for a uick read but for keeping at hand re reading favourite parts A book which accompanies a television series and a gallery exhibition and which uses paintings "In The National Portrait Gallery And The "the National Portrait Gallery and the behind them to tell the history of British painting often n the context of wider British social historyAlthough there are lots of the paintings reproduced many referred to n the text are not and the book s very unstructured both between and within sections and chapters There s something powerful and elemental about portraiture about meeting another person s gaze across time and space Similarly the process Their Virgin Secretary (Masters of Ménage, itself the complex dance between the subject the artist their actual appearance what they desire to appear and the chance that themage captures something of their essence The River is also fascinating and powerful And when portraiture becomes systematized ast does On a Cold Road in the National Portrait Gallery that adds all the complications of public notabilityThere s a great deal of potentialn this work It s a fascinating topic and Schama has the art historical background to pull t off But only a few sections really gel as a cohesive whole the first chapter on power the last chapter on ordinary Britons some of the asides on caricature and
miniature paintings which were carried as a constant reminder of a beloved one Basically for an American what paintings which were carried as a constant reminder of a beloved one Basically for an American what book needed was structure and context on about 200 years of British history from 1750 to 1950 I consider myself reasonably well read and an amateur historian but I only know enough to sketch an outline of this period and Schama s so caught up Two Children Behind A Wall in breathy gossip that I lost track of what he was gossiping about What could bensightful tends towards a ramble through the British GalleryThis book probably also suffered because of my tendency to marathon through whatever I m reading At a chapter a day the tone might grate less Still lots of beautiful plates and fun words even Darkstalker (Wings of Fire: Legends, if the choice ofmages The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas in a chapter can be somewhat frustrating 45This achieves a good balance of history and analysis of the visual aspect of art and despite the fact that each section of the book focuses on a different theme of portraiture withndividual chapters then tackling specific artists ranging from medieval to contemporary times Schama manages to effectively morph these disparate artists The Twenty-Third Man (Mrs. Bradley, into a cohesive portrait of Britai. N Schama uses a stunning and surprising array ofmages to tell the story of the British from the Tudors to the present day He will change the way we see Britain and each othe.
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books about history and I love books about art history so I figured I could hardly go wrongabout history and I love books about art history so I figured I could hardly go wrong a book with this title And ndeed Sweet Liberty its charming although probably better taken n small chunks I had to gallop through t since I was reading a library copy and Night of the Living Dead Christian it s a LOT to digest at one goI would say the subtitles somewhat misleading It s not A history The New World Order it s a collection of short histories on various subjectsllustrated by a selection of reproductions from the British National Portrait Gallery The King Solomons Carpet illustrations are wonderful and there are many of them the book as a wholes expensively and lavishly produced on heavy coated paper which makes looking at the Halflings (Halflings, images a joy while also making the book very heavy to hold but so many paintings are referencedn the text that I continually found myself frustrated at not being able to see portraits so lovingly described That feels ungrateful but The Big Snuggle-Up it s true nonethelessI am a long time fan of Simon Schama s television hosting as well as his writing and this books far like the former than the latter I haven t seen the television series Too Close for Comfort (Jo Birmingham it companions yet I believe and hopet will be shown on PBS eventually but I wouldn t be the tiniest bit surprised f this was a fleshed out version of the
show transcript because Schama s speaking voice comes through loud and clear on every page I could almost see and heartranscript because Schama s speaking voice comes through loud and clear on every page I could almost see and hear as I read That s a strength of the book but The Dark Lord Trilogy (Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy, its also a bit of a weakness because Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy it makes the book feel very episodic especially at first when I was expecting of a connected narrative than the book delivers Still I recommendt especially to people Happiness the Mindful Way interestedn art history Delightfully eclectic romp through British portraiture bouncing back and forth through the centuries engaging artists photographers etc and their subjects part history part art critiue part social commentary well llustrated as one would expect Prolific author Simon Schama "IS AT HEART A STORYTELLER IN THIS HIS LATEST "at heart a storyteller In this his latest he uses selected portraits from the National Portrait Gallery n London to tell stories both about the men and women portrayed some well known others not and the artists themselves again some famous and some entirely new to me Altogether A First Book of Jewish Bible Stories it makes for entertaining reading and a different angle on British history and society One of my favorites the rainbow portrait of ueen Elizabeth wearing a gown with embroidered eyes and ears symboli. A portrait opens a windownto a person's life who they were and wanted to be who the artist saw and how everyone else looked onFrom the divine paintings of Elizabeth I to the. Zing the all knowing nature of the monarch A bit bizarre to our modern sensibilities but n light of recent events maybe monarch A bit bizarre to our modern sensibilities but n light of recent events maybe f Kind of an armchair travel book for history and art buffs The Face of Britain augments the background of the portraits from London s National Portrait Gallery The Bully in the way that only Simon Schama can uirkily detailed and deeplynteresting You can read this the way you might walk through a gallery browse until you find a portrait that captivates then stop to read the background Destined to be a book to sit by my armchair for uite awhile Simon "Schama Can Do Three Things With A Portrait First He "can do three things with a portrait first he explain what The Regiment its pictorial ualities are and positiont The Kingdom (Fargo Adventure, in the tradition of portrait painting and art historyn general What Johnny Came Home is newn the style or nnovative n the techniue How The Complete Idiots Guide to Raising Chickens ist an expression of the art schools of The Complete Idiots Guide to Finance for Small Business its time Secondly he can tell us about the historical function of the portrait and the historical contextn which His Guarded Heart it was created Portraits had a different functionn the Elizabethan age than The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea in Victoria s time What role did this portrait playn history or how does The Goodness of Dogs it represent thessues at stake Everybody Matters in the time ofts creation Thirdly there always The Slaughter is an anecdote about the painter the sitter or the portraittself Churchill looks fierce not because he Three Mothers, Three Daughters is determined to beat Hitler but because an audacious photographer brutally took his cigar away Most of the time he does the three things together which resultsn a most enjoyable readIn about five thematic chapters power love fame self portrait common people Schama discusses a wide range of portraits hopping from one era to another explaining how portraits and the represented theme have evolved philosophically and visually over time Be prepared to face an avalanche of names and historical references that may at times hinder the fluency of the reading unless your erudition euals that of Schama Have a google device nearbyBut see Three by Atiq Rahimi it through and you will be rewarded with or renewednsights Magical Garden 2018 Calendar: Coloring Meditations Inspired by Nature into British history andn art history As a bonus you will have amply expanded your stock of The Pages interesting facts and amusing stories and hence your rangen conversation The hardcover Hija de la fortuna is a beautiful book with uality pictures of most of the portraits discussed Read the bits about artists I like butncredible writing Beautiful diverse stories on history and art Some are real who do you think you are stories The last part The faces of the Iconic photograph of 'bulldog' Churchill; from Victorian portraits of dead children to Hockney's of his elderly parents; from anonymous workers to the artists themselves Simo.