The Power of Art #2020

The Power of Art By Simon Schama The Power of Art Great art has dreadful manners Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive exploration of the power and whole point of art The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you in
  • Title: The Power of Art
  • Author: Simon Schama
  • ISBN: 9780061176104
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Power of Art By Simon Schama Great art has dreadful manners, Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive 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 Great art has dreadful manners, Simon Schama observes wryly at the start of his epic and explosive 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, The Power of Art propels us on an eye opening, breathtaking odyssey, zooming in on eight extraordinary masterpieces, from Caravaggio s David and Goliath to Picasso s Guernica Jolting us far from the comfort zone of the hushed art gallery, 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 forever.The embattled heroes Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko each in his own resolute way, faced crisis with steadfast defiance, pitting passion and conviction against scorn and short sightedness The masterpieces they created challenged convention, shattered complacency, shifted awareness and changed the way we look at the world.With vivid storytelling and powerfully evocative descriptive passages, 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, The Power of Art traces the extraordinary evolution of eight eye popping 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 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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    1. Simon Schama

      Simon Schama was born in 1945 The son of a textile merchant with Lithuanian and Turkish grandparents, he spent his early years in Leigh on Sea in Essex When his parents moved to London he won a scholarship to Haberdashers Aske s School where his two great loves were English and History Forced to choose between the two he opted to read history at Christ s College, Cambridge Here he was taught by Sir John Plumb whose other students Linda Colley, Roy Porter and John Brewer are now central to British historical thought It was Plumb s influence which instilled in him the importance of narrative and written style in order to gain an audience for history outside academia One of the hallmarks of Schama s work is his flair for description he gets arcane matters to walk, in fact dance, off the page according to fellow historian Peter Hennessy However, his approach is contentious and invites criticism of subjectivity and populism from academic circles Schama remained at Christ s for 10 years after his degree, becoming a fellow and then director of Studies, before moving to Brasenose College Oxford While at Oxford he wrote Patriots and Liberators Revolution in the Netherlands 1780 1813 1977 , which won the Wolfson Literary Award, and Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel 1979 At Oxford he met his wife, Ginny Papaioannou a geneticist from California.Tired of the Oxford system he once described his experience as being like a gerbil on a treadmill and enticed by the freedom of US Academic life, he moved to America in 1980, becoming Professor of History at Harvard Here he wrote The Embarrassment of Riches An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age 1987 , Citizens A Chronicle of the French Revolution 1989 and Dead Certainties Unwarranted Speculations 1991 an a unusual linking of the death of General Wolfe at Quebec in 1759 and the murder of a doctor, George Parkman, by a Harvard Professor in 1849 Citizens, which was written at lightening speed 900 pages in only 18 months, won the 1990 NCR Book Award However, Schama s emphasis on the terror and violence of the revolution and his argument, that from its beginning it was a sacrament of blood , ensured it has never found a publisher in France He is now professor in history and art history at Columbia where he has written Landscape and Memory 1996 which received the W H Smith Literary Award and Rembrandt s Eyes 1999 The latter is a controversial reassessment of the artist which attempts to reinstate the notion of Rembrandt the genius, aiming to invoke the atmosphere as well as the historical context In Schama s view, as he tells David D Arcy in Art Newspaper There are some passages of sublime reinvention for which history has absolutely no answers it seems to me pointless and trivial to pretend that it does Simon Schama has also worked for the BBC on a 16 part series A History of Britain and has been an art critic and cultural essayist for The New Yorker and Talk magazine He lives in New York with his wife and their two children Chloe and Gabriel.

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    1. A couple of confessions the most obvious is that I haven t actually read this book I ve seen the documentary, but I m going to tell you about it anyway This is a documentary to be seen and not read about The filming, editing and direction are almost as breathtaking as the artworks discussed This is documentary film making at its best You are NEVER spoken down to He NEVER assumes you will know something only the initiated will know Schama is a God among men and, a bit like David Attenborough, he [...]


    2. Look, you either hate Schama or you love him It just has to be that way his personality, definite opinions and style are all over his work, and he makes absolutely no apologies for it I happen to fall into the love it category Is it good history No But it s incredibly compelling history he tells you the kind of story that makes you want to know about it It sets out a rich, decadent feast, drama ramas it up and tells you how it is I m entertained watching his documentaries than I am with most c [...]


    3. My coffee table book that is a go to read whenever I need a dose of art pleasure and a brain break from the mundane I have been enjoying this book for years, always stimulating and a visual delight as well Yes, his series is a great entertainment and one can t help but engage in a dialogue w him But the book is an always available calmer pleasure.


    4. If you re like me you took an art history survey in college and then maybe a Euro pass tour including the Louvre, British Museum, etc and walked out thinking you knew something about art That s a bit like owning a copy of Beatles 1 and thinking you know the Beatles In this companion book to a British TV series, Schama takes you under the skin and the canvas of 10 masters from Caravaggio to 1970s The book s premise is that certain artworks have the power to elicit emotion and even action Why is t [...]


    5. What great book and film Schama has chosen to focus on many of my favorite artists Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso Rothko I have previously studied many of the artists in depth except Bernini and Rothko The film is great and the book excellent large color plates, well written I also learn a great deal about Borromini.


    6. I couldn t put it down One of the most compelling introductions to any subject I ve ever read Now, in museums, in classes, in my room surfin the net, I find myself remembering the sordid, passionate lives of Caravaggio and Van Gogh and Rothko and David And Schama portrays each one in such vividly articulated descriptions, from their life to their artwork.I must say, though, that I despise the Rothko chapter maybe because I can t stand his art, either Who gives a shit about red lines on a canvas [...]


    7. This is a convenient vehicle for Schama, who, as much as he loves art, really likes to argue.Schama is self aggrandizing, melodramatic, irritating and truly compelling He injects his out size personality into the book and it s better for it.One can certainly quibble with his choices of which pieces of art best represent turning points of art history or according to Schama s overinflated prose, history in general but his choices make for a lively book.The Power of Art is aimed at people like me, [...]


    8. Schama has a tendency to haranguebut his sincerity and off the cuff humor than makes up for this Moreover, when you compare this with the intense passion that went into the making of each painting and artist in this book, you than get carried in the stride.Plus the book has Grrrreat pictures DI think my favorite were the chapters on David and Caravaggio potboiling soap operas both.I only wish his analysis of the artists was a tad multi dimensionalhe tends to stick to the same art is power pow [...]


    9. I took my time with this book and the BBC produced DVD series , and it was worth it The author s strong opinions, whether the reader agrees or disagrees, keeps the reader very much involved The focus on one or two memorable pieces and the carefully selected historic and biographic details prevent the work from becoming overwhelming.


    10. As a historian Schama has always excelled at reading paintings for the materialist details what they can show us about daily life and historicizing fantasy but as he gets older he seems to be allowing himself to argue for the role of individualism and belief in the creation of material objects.Here he could be read as appearing to glamorize the myth of the rebel artist, because he certainly does not shy away from the seamy details of almost every life he recounts His favored subjects are chockab [...]


    11. Historian Schama certainly has a powerful method of telling a story He tells the tales of eight different artists Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko The book was written to accompany the television series published by the BBC but it is not necessary to have seen the series to enjoy the book I read the book several years before watching the series and after watching the series picked up the book again Reading through it again I could imagine the visual set [...]


    12. I have only read two of the essays Bernini and Van Gogh though Simon Schama is one of those public intellectuals for whom I respect so much He is bright, intellectually energetic, and a literary stylist And he is prodigious with his scholarship He begins each essay with a simple question and then builds the essay around it I look forward to the release of each of his books.


    13. Schama is a fantastic writer He revels in the written word and takes a topic that could so easily bore someone and makes it exciting Essentially he examines powerhouse artists Caravaggio, Bernini and others in this page turner If it weren t so expensive, I d buy it as a coffee table book.


    14. I read the chapter on van Gogh and appreciated it as a nice overview of his personality, art and self destruction Simon Schama is a good writer and it was interesting to hear his interpretation of different paintings because they so often differed from my own.


    15. Simon Schama is excellent at teaching us all about art, both on TV and in print When he has Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Rothko to help he is brilliant.




    16. Picked up the book at a used sale, and it was bit fascinating, so I ordered the DVD s of the BBC documentary it goes with It s ten years old It was cheap I ve been watching the DVD s about ten hours worth and its a good show He makes the artists come alive and gives a great deal of history and back story Problem for me is that I seriously wonder how much of that back story is true or just myth that has been floating around It makes for good TV though, and makes the artworks vibrant and interesti [...]


    17. I watched the series before reading the book And loved both Probably equally His writing is interesting, entertaining, slightly poetic, and easily understandable He actually had me saying to my husband that this book has made me interested in learning about history and how various events and feelings relate to each other and the art made before during and after various events.



    18. Fantastic mini biographies of 8 of the art world s most colorful characters and the masterpieces that set them apart.


    19. I am a fan of Schama s work both books and TV shows because I think he s a great story teller I m not really into art, but absolutely loved this series and book



    20. Good insight into the lives of eight great artists Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko The review sums it up well so I won t reiterate The book has companion CDs to watch was a BBC TV series but I found those to be too melodramatic and focused on their artists personal lives than the art they created.


    21. Enthusiastic insight into 8 famous painters and pictures.Bernini showed passion in his Ecstasy of St Theresa, David was a supporter of Marat as shown by the way he painted his murdered body, Joseph Mellard William Turner was obsessed by light and social consciousness as testified by The Slave Ship and Waterloo Rembrandt suffered heavy personal losses both in his wives and children and in possessions.He went his own way, contrary to conventional representation of portraits and groups He got away [...]


    22. I debated over and over whether to give this book three stars or four, and finally decided on the latter Unlike some of the other reviewers, I read this as a stand alone book, not a companion piece to the PBS series of the same name, as I m not sure that I d be able to stand Schama s endless attempts to dramatize and eulogize everything, implying that there is somehow meaning in even the most minute detail of the canvas, not the mention the personal lives of the artists.Schama devotes forty or f [...]


    23. GREAT ART HAS DREADFUL MANNERS So begins the introduction by the author to his book about eight artists Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko Schama also made the BBC documentary series on these artists with the same name BBC hasn t made the videos available in India, but the book, fortunately, is easily available The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actual [...]


    24. This has been on my to read pile for a long time now, ever since I saw some of the TV series and really enjoyed it I m glad I read the book having time to consider the many beautiful artworks contained within in and think about the themes raised definitely enhances the experience.I particularly enjoyed the Rembrandt and Turner chapters perhaps that is just personal artistic preference All the stories were well told, the inclusion of sculpture as well as painting was a particular highlight as I [...]


    25. Schama has a great way with words Caution though You have to read him with the understanding that in some cases he is stating his opinion and conjecture for dramatic effect Some of what he says and speculates on should be viewed as just that interesting speculation and not necessarily historical fact But having said that, he successfully forces the reader to see art and the artist as something that can not be separated He will not let us see these men he focuses on, as somehow conduits through w [...]


    26. There is little doubt that Simon Schama put a lot of passion into this book A personal discovery on why he selected particular pieces from Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko and why those pieces speak to him Why, to him, they have the power of art This being my first but not my last Schama book I found his style of writing quite high brow but conversation at the same time That is not a bad thing, apart from learning a lot of new words, the way he structur [...]


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