Llyfr hylaw yn cynnwys bywgraffiadau cryno o ddynion a gwragedd sydd wedi gweddnewid Cymru dros y 500 mlynedd diwethaf. Dônt o fyd gwleidyddiaeth, y theatr, chwaraeon a llên. Ceir yn y gyfrol hefyd blatiau o bortreadau a cherfluniau o bob unigolyn a drafodir.
A compact book containing the faces of 40 men and women that have changed the face of Wales over the last 500 years. It includes mini biographies of people from the world of politics, theatre, sports and literature, and is illustrated with plates of portraits and sculptures of each individual.
The National Musuem of Wales’s pocket-sized book, Faces of Wales, is a collection of portraits of Wales’s great and good recently brought together for an exhibition of the same name in Cardiff. Beginning in 1568 with a portrait in oils of Katheryn of Berain, ‘The Mother of Wales’, by Fresian painter Adriaen van Cronenburgh, and ending in 2005 with a digital photograph of Doctor Rowan Williams by photographer Dominic Hawgood, this is as much a journey through the history of portraiture as it is a history of Wales, maybe more so.
The portraits in the book, all taken from the National Museum of Wales’s collection, include traditional oils, sculpture, photographs and even a drawing. Presented chronologically, the works at first largely focus on the wealthy and the powerful from Wales’s past, but by the mid-eighteenth century works on artists, preachers, writers and poets begin to figure. Works by Gainsborough and Hogarth are included in the book, and in one or two cases, most notably Augustus John’s portrait of Dylan Thomas and Lucien Freud’s of Cedric Morris, it is difficult to decide whether it is the sitter or the painter who is the more interesting.
Edited by The National Museum’s Head of Fine Art, Ann Sumner, the book includes forty portraits, each accompanied by a short essay about the sitter and the artist, and provides a lovely overview of the people who have influenced Wales over half a millennium, and how portraiture has evolved in its capturing of them.
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