Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People
Published on the occasion of a new display at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 3 December - August 2012 Features two new pieces by award winning author Alexander McCall Smith and Tarnya Cooper, 16th Century Curator and Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London A major collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, postgraduate students at the...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 12th 2011 by National Portrait Gallery
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This is a book to accompany an exhibition of the same name held at the National Portrait Gallery in London and I read it on the train coming home from seeing the portraits in situ. The exhibition, and book, features 14 portraits painted between around 1520 and 1640 who are now believed not to be who they were bought as by the National Portrait Gallery. Eight authors have imagined the stories behind these paintings. Some are written as encyclopaedia style entries, some as letters, others as very...more
This was such a cool book - short stories by various authors inspired by portraits of unknown people. If you've ever been to a museum and thought "I wonder what their life was like" this is the perfect book for you. Also has a bit of back story on the paintings themselves. Great book
Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland. His father worked in a garage and died when Banville was in his early thirties; his mother was a housewife. He is the youngest of three siblings; his older brother Vincent is also a novelist and has written under the name Vincent Lawrence as well as his own. His sister Vonnie Banville-Evans has written both a children's novel and a reminiscence of growing up...moreMore about John Banville...