On my second visit to Hampton Court Palace earlier this year I saw the paintings that make up The Triumphs of Caesar hung in part of the Palace. On thOn my second visit to Hampton Court Palace earlier this year I saw the paintings that make up The Triumphs of Caesar hung in part of the Palace. On the route the Palace staff have created on the way to the paintings there is also a Roman sarcophagus and a statue of (I think, if I'm remembering right) Emperor Hadrian. It's a wonderful display, which my whole family enjoyed very much.
This small book accompanies the display, although sadly it is not available in the Hampton Court shop anymore so I had to track a copy down on Amazon after we had come home. This was easy enough though. It's a really good little book, with chapters about the artist Mantegna who created The Triumphs of Caesar, the area of Italy he lived and worked, how the paintings came to be at Hampton Court (thanks, Charles I!), and the restoration process the paintings have undergone. At the end, the eight of the nine paintings that are hung in Hampton Court are reproduced in full colour. The only real disappointment about this book is, while the main paintings are in colour, all the other images within this book are in black and white. All things considered, this is a lovely little book. ...more
I really wanted to read this novel and do you know what, I really tried. I had it from the library five or six times between the ages of 17 and 21. II really wanted to read this novel and do you know what, I really tried. I had it from the library five or six times between the ages of 17 and 21. I was determined, but every time it beat me. I think my real struggle was the fact the book is written using Scottish dialect. I'm from the Midlands, I'm just not used to this. My mum tells me this is a good book, but sadly I don't think I'll ever find out. I did see the film when I was around 18 years old, and that was very good.
Just a quick review for now, because I'm quite tired.
This was an easy, fast and very Christmassy read, and not a bad reading choice to make for gettinJust a quick review for now, because I'm quite tired.
This was an easy, fast and very Christmassy read, and not a bad reading choice to make for getting yourself in the mood for the Christmas season. The text is clear, and the author has included many Victorian images of greetings cards, food and so on to make this book pleasant to look at as well as read- even in the Kindle edition, which is the edition I read, there are plenty of images produced in colour to be enjoyed.
The author quotes heavily from Victorian sources, which is at times a nice touch, but some might feel this is excessive (all of the quotes are introduced by author and the author of this piece includes a bibliography at the end of her work). I also think it is worth mentioning that this work includes a lot of recipes. If you're a foodie like me, this is great, but if reading lots of recipes for various types of Christmas food and drink is likely to make your eyes glaze over, then perhaps give this a miss.
I did enjoy this work and think it is a solid three star read....more