It’s hard to believe that 500 years of Bermudian history can be encapsulated in one massive work of art, but artist Graham Foster did just that in 2009, with his 1,000-squarefoot mural in the Commissioner’s House at the National Museum of Bermuda. It illustrates Bermuda’s entire human history from the 1500s to today, with Foster’s cheeky sense of humour added throughout. If you don’t have the time to spend an entire day indulging in the immeasurable details of Foster’s Hall of History mural, we propose the next best thing: Check out the stunning coffee-table book, Hall of History: Bermuda’s History in Art, where 99 percent of the mural is featured. Throughout its pages, Foster’s paintings are accompanied by narratives from award-winning author Rosemary Jones. She introduces chapters and adds clarity to the scenes with her descriptive captions. But the best part is that you can inspect every meticulous detail of the intricate masterpiece, which you might not fully capture, even after several visits to the mural itself. “When people visit the mural, it can be somewhat overwhelming to be confronted by so much imagery, even though it follows a chronological timeline,” Foster told Sarah Lagan at the Bermuda Sun. “With the book, it’s almost like taking the mural home.”
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