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* 'Great art has dreadful manners...' Simon Schama observes at the start of his epic exploration of the power, and whole point, of art. 'The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality...' * With the same disarming force, Power of Art jolts us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, as Schama closes in on intense make-or-break turning points in the lives of eight great artists who, under extreme stress, created something unprecedented, altering the course of art for ever. * The embattled heroes - Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko - faced crisis with steadfast defiance. The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world. With powerfully vivid story-telling, Schama explores the dynamic personalities of the artists and the spirit of the times they lived through, capturing the flamboyant theatre of bourgeois life in Amsterdam, the passion and paranoia of Revolutionary Paris, and the carnage and pathos of civil-war Spain. * Most compelling of all, Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight world-class works of art. Created in a bolt of illumination, such works 'tell us something about how the world is, how it is to be inside our skins, that no more prosaic source of wisdom can deliver. And when they do that they answer, irrefutably and majestically, the nagging question of every reluctant art-conscript... "OK, OK, but what's art really for?"'

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Bodley Head Childrens
Release: 2009
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 1847921183

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Simon Schama follows the success of A HISTORY OF BRITAIN with his explosive new series and book on the history of creativity. Taking as his starting point eight famous painters and their great masterpieces, Schama transports the reader back to the intense moment in history when these works were conceived and born. In each case the artist - Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko - is backed into a corner, facing a crisis; given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time. But this is more than a story about art and artists. As Schama takes us back to the birthplace of these masterpieces - to the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; the madhouses and brothels of Provence and the carnage of civil war Spain - a very modern history of the Western world unfolds. Schama's epic story of the unfolding force of the visual imagination will make you look at art in a way you've never looked beforea

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2006
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780563487104

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Simon Schama’s extraordinary novel in a new stage adaptation by Caryl Philips. As the American War of Independence reaches its climax, a plantation slave and a British Naval Officer embark on an epic journey in search of freedom. Divided by barriers of race but united in their ambitions for equality, their convictions will change attitudes towards slavery forever. Sweeping from the Deep South of America to the scorched earth of West Africa, Rough Crossings is a compelling true story that marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. Rough Crossings was staged by Headlong Theatre Company which opened at Birmingham Rep in September 2007 and toured the Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Caryl Philips
Publisher: Oberon Books
Release: 2017-09-28
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781786823328

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This dazzling, unconventional biography shows us why, more than three centuries after his death, Rembrandt continues to exert such a hold on our imagination. Deeply familiar to us through his enigmatic self-portraits, few facts are known about the Leiden miller's son who tasted brief fame before facing financial ruin (he was even forced to sell his beloved wife Saskia's grave). The true biography of Rembrandt, as Simon Schama demonstrates, is to be discovered in his pictures. Interweaving of seventeenth-century Holland, Schama allows us to see Rembrandt in a completely fresh and original way. 'A capacious, generous book full of new ideas and information about not only Rembrandt but also his life, his times and his contemporaries. With Schama you look at a picture and see it as you hadn't before.' Doris Lessing, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year 'With Rembrandt's Eyes, he has, as the cliché goes, found his subject - a perfect match for his talent and sympathies . . . moving and revealing . . . a Rembrandt very much for our time . . . an extremely coherent, satisfying work.' Alain De Botton, Independent on Sunday 'A supreme contribution to art history.' Anita Brookner, Spectator Books of the Year 'A bravura performance . . . Schama is an outstanding historian . . . In this new book he brings to his perception of Rembrandt not only a profound knowledge of the seventeenth century, but also a greedy fascination with the material expression of culture in every nook and cranny of life . . . Schama deepens and enriches our familiarity with Rembrandt, and makes us understand more fully why he has often been called the greatest painter of all time. Frances Spalding, Literary Review 'The Rembrandt riddle has now been tackled by that superbly gifted historian, Simon Schama . . . Schama speaks as an expert, but he wears his learning lightly; and few convey that learning more felicitously or fluently . . . this book holds the attention and fires the imagination . . . a portrait of the artist in the baroque manner.' Roy Porter, Independent 'Sumptuous . . . Impassioned and learned, expansive and discursive, Rembrandt's Eyes not only leaves us with a fierce appreciation of the artist's work but also immerses us inexorably in his world.' Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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Genre: Art
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release: 2014-09-04
File: 768 Pages
ISBN-13: 0141979534

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It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amid grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. The first of two volumes, The Story of the Jews spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes readers to unimagined places: a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia, a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings, the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the writers of the Bible to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain. Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world, candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, and ships loaded with spices and gems founder at sea. And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story.

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Genre: History
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Release: 2014-03-18
File: 500 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780143191858

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Describes the cultural and social milieu of seventeenth-century Holland, where, despite great material wealth and general prosperity, an "anxiety of superabundance" permeated all aspects of the culture

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Genre: History
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 1988
File: 698 Pages
ISBN-13: 0520061470

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This book examines our relationship with the landscape around us - rivers, mountains, forests - the impact that each of them has had on our culture and imaginations, and the way in which we, in turn, have shaped them to suit our needs.

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Genre: Culture
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release: 1996
File: 652 Pages
ISBN-13: 0006863485

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Traces the history of the Jewish people, examining the religion's principles, figures, and key events, as well as the culture that arose as the Jews dispersed after being exiled from their homeland.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: David Goldberg
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited
Release: 2014
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 0233003940

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Honoring the genius of Rembrandt, the author of Landscape and Memory first explores the painter's obsession with Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens--a fixation that profoundly influenced the evolution of his work and was not overcome until Rubens's death. Reprint.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Knopf
Release: 2001-10-01
File: 750 Pages
ISBN-13: 0375709819

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On 13 September 1759, General James Wolfe, having led the British troops up the St Lawrence to victory in the Battle of Quebec, died on the Heights of Abraham. Schama examines this death, and how Wolfe was made to die again - through the spectacular painting by Benjamin West, and through the writings of the 19th-century historian Francis Parkman. Schama's second death concerns Parkman's uncle, George Parkman of Harvard Medical College, who disappeared in 1849 in mysterious circumstances and who was rumoured to have been murdered by a colleague. Through these incidents, Schama sheds light on the writing of history, the history of history, and the relationship of 'story' to 'history'.

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Genre: History
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Granta Books
Release: 2013-04-04
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781847087690

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