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H I to 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 Simon Sch A book which accompanies a television series and a gallery exhibition and which uses paintings in the National Portrait Gallery and the stories behind them to tell the history of British painting often in the context of wider British social historyAlthough there are lots of the paintings reproduced many referred to in the text are not and the book is very unstructured both between and within sections and chapters

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The Face of Britain The Nation Through its Portraits

A portrait opens a window into a person's of Britain Kindle #215 life who they were and wanted to be who the artist saw and how everyone else looked onFrom the divine paintings of Elizabet I love books about art and I love books about history and I love books about art history so I figured I could hardly go wrong with a book with this title And indeed it is charming although probably better taken in small chunks I had to gallop through it since I was reading a library copy and it s a LOT to digest at one goI would say the subtitle is somewhat misleading It s not A history it s a collection of short histories on various subjects illustrated by a selection of reproductions from the British National Portrait Gallery The illustrations are wonderful and there are many of them the book as a whole is expensively and lavishly produced on heavy coated paper which makes looking at the images a joy while also making the book very heavy to hold but so many paintings are referenced in the text that I continually found myself frustrated at not being able to see portraits so lovingly described That

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Ama uses a stunning and surprising array of images to tell the story of the British from the Tudors to the present day He will change the way we see Britain and each The Face Kindle othe Prolific author Simon Schama is at heart a storyteller In this his latest book he uses selected portraits from the National Portrait Gallery in 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 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 symbolizing the all knowing nature of the monarch A bit bizarre to our modern sensibilities but in light of recent events maybe due for a comeback


10 thoughts on “The Face of Britain The Nation Through its Portraits

  1. says:

    Beautiful diverse stories on history and art Some are real 'who do you think you are' stories The last part The faces of the people was my favourite but I enjoyed them all Not made for a uick read but for keeping at hand and re reading favourite parts

  2. says:

    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 in the way that only Simon Schama can uirkily; detailed and deeply inter

  3. says:

    I love books about art and I love books about history and I love books about art history so I figured I could hardly go wrong with a book with this title And indeed it is charming although probably better taken in small chunks I had to gallop through it since I was reading a library copy and it's a LOT to digest at one goI would say the subtitle is somewhat misleading It's not A history it's a collection of short histories on various subj

  4. says:

    A book which accompanies a television series and a gallery exhibition and which uses paintings in the National Portrait Gallery and the stories behind them to tell the history of British painting often in the context of wider British social historyAlthough there are lots of the paintings reproduced many referred to in th

  5. says:

    Simon Schama can do three things with a portrait first he can explain what its pictorial ualities are and position it in the tradition of portrait painting and art history in general What is new in the style or innovative in the techniue How is it an expression of the art schools of its time Secondly he can tell us about the hist

  6. says:

    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 illustrated as one would expect

  7. says:

    There's something powerful and elemental about portraiture; about meeting another person's gaze across time and space Similarly the p

  8. says:

    Read the bits about artists I like but incredible writing

  9. says:

    Prolific author Simon Schama is at heart a storyteller In this his latest book he uses selected portraits from th

  10. says:

    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 with individual chapters then tackling specific artists ranging from medieval to contemporary times Schama manages to effectively morph these disparate artists into a cohesive portrait of Britain