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  • Published: 1 November 2005
  • ISBN: 9780563522898
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $27.99


Essays on Painting (Mostly)

A collection of essays about Art.

Pre-eminent author and art historian Simon Schama has written widely on art for many years to great acclaim. In HANG UPS, a personal selection of his articles from, amongst others, The New Yorker, appears in Britain for the very first time.
Brilliantly and lucidly written by one of the most singular voices in non-fiction, this volume of provocative and often idiosyncratic essays makes hugely satisfying reading for lovers of both art and social history.
In contains pieces on artists as diverse as David Hockney, Rembrandt and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and on such subjects as the 'unforgettable peculiarity' of Stanley Spencer.
From the author whose writing has been called 'sublime' and whose ability to bring art and history vividly to life has earned him admiration worldwide, Hang-Ups is Schama's rallying cry for the art lover to look at familiar works of art and their artists - and embrace a new way of seeing.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2005
  • ISBN: 9780563522898
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. His award-winning books, translated into fifteen languages, include Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, A History of Britain, The Power of Art, Rough Crossings, The American Future, The Face of Britain and The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE - 1492).

His art columns for the New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism and his journalism has appeared regularly in the Guardian and the Financial Times where he is Contributing Editor. He has written and presented more than fifty films for the BBC on subjects as diverse as Tolstoy, American politics, and The Story of the Jews and is co-presenter of a new landmark series on the history of world art, Civilisations.

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Praise for Hang-Ups

“The really appealing thing about Schama is... the stylishness of his storytelling. The master of the impressionistic aside, he can summon up a whole era with just a few choice words.”

Sunday Times

“Schama combines an awesome breadth of knowledge with a real ability to communicate ideas in a manner stripped of pomposity.”

Daily Express

“Simon Schama is a historian of remarkable gifts and achievements.”


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