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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Visual Culture of Wales, The: Imaging the Nation
Peter Lord
ISBN: 9780708315873 (0708315879)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mawrth 2004
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 295 x 243 mm, 418 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o Stoc - Ystyrir Adargraffu Ein Pris: £4.50   
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Cyfrol ddarluniadol hardd yn cynnig astudiaeth gynhwysfawr gan ysgolhaig cydnabyddedig o gyfoeth treftadaeth ddelweddol Cymru yn ystod y cyfnod 1500-1950, gan nodi'n arbennig y modd yr adlewyrcha'r delweddau yr ymdeimlad o genedligrwydd a chenedlgarwch Cymreig. Dros 450 o ddelweddau lliw a thros 200 o ddelweddau du-a-gwyn. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf 2000.

A lavishly illustrated volume presenting a comprehensive study by a renowned scholar of the rich heritage of Welsh images during the period 1500-1950, noting especially how Wales and Welsh nationhood are portrayed in these images. Over 450 colour images and over 200 black-and-white images. First published in 2000.
Imaging the Nation takes the reader through approximately four hundred and fifty years in the history of Wales, during which time a modern Welsh sense of identity was formed. Peter Lord argues in his introduction that, 'It is the expression of . . .[Welsh] consciousness through the visual image which forms the central theme of this volume,' and the book is indeed resplendent with images, many more than in the first volume, some so small that they can only be read as 'notes' and others of full-page magnificence. Lord’s text takes us through the political and social evolution of Wales from the sixteenth to the mid twentieth century. The complicated narrative binds the history of image-making to that of the classes who used it to their own ends.

Two main topics are interwoven in the volume. The first stems from the increasing desire to record the features and lifestyle of particular people and of the fluctuations which occur as people from different social backgrounds are empowered to make and commission images. The second major theme is the definition of the landscape. This is in many respects a more self-consciously artistic process and this becomes more apparent as the book proceeds and the reader enters the world of modern aesthetics. In many respects, therefore, this volume documents a familiar European art history. Where makes it different, of course, is that these themes are brought together to explore the way in which visual images have played a part in defining the particularities of Welsh identity, both in the casual context of the local and in the politically driven emergence of national awareness.

The book sets the scene for a better understanding of our own period, discussing the importance of institutional support for the arts and the effectiveness of powerfully motivated individuals and groups in engaging visual culture for intellectual ends. The chapter on the National Revival at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century and the role of the National Eisteddfod is particularly illustrative of this. A growing concern for art education and the appearance of government institutions for the arts are all dealt with in detail in the latter chapters.

Imaging the Nation is a repository of the results of another exhaustive team effort to seek out and record the fascinating wealth of visual images that have either lain completely unnoticed or have not been exposed to the light of truly detailed research. I particularly enjoyed this volume as a deep well of specific and almost anecdotal details relating to our social and visual history.

Shelagh Hourahane

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