Employing his unique ability to bring art and history vividly to life, Simon Schama explores the role that the face has played in British power games, great love affairs, the cult of celebrity and the plight of the common man over the last 500 years. He also looks at how British artists have depicted their own faces, and observes the trend towards self-examination that dominates our age.
Simon Schama is on scintillating form in his new series on the history of British portraiture
A fine look at ego, satire and power from art history’s Mr Bombastic. The first episode in the seductive historian’s six-part exploration of portraiture is a rollicking good watch.