( kindle ) The Face of Britain The Nation Through its Portraits AUTHOR Simon Schama

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A portrait opens a window into 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. Kind of an armchair travel book for history and art buffs The Face of Britain augments the background of the portraits from London s Na

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The Face of Britain The Nation Through its Portraits

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. Simon Schama can do three things with a portrait first he can explain what its pictorial ualities are and position it in the tradition

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N Schama 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 othe. Prolific author Simon Schama is at heart a storyteller In this his latest book he uses selected portraits from the National Portrait Ga


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 dee

  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

  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 the text are not and

  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 art

  7. says:

    There's something powerful and elemental about portraiture; about meeting another person's gaze across time and space Similarly the process itself the complex dance between the subject the artist their actual appearance w

  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 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

  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 artis

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