Art History

I love visiting museums, historical buildings, gardens and galleries. I write about art history regularly and although they all have the ‘Art History’ category label, some are about Architecture while others are small bits of art history served to you as a Bitesize Blog. Other tags to explore are 17th Century, Hardwick Hall, Miniatures, Dogs, Lace, and Dutch Art.

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Recent Art History Articles

17th Century Dress: A Speaking Fashion
Dress in 16th and 17th century portraiture was loaded with meaning. Elizabeth I's portraits, which functioned as one of the[...]
Bitesize Blog: Van der Helst
Click to enlargeBartholomeus van der Helst, Portrait of Abraham del Court and His Wife Maria de Kaersgieter, oil on canvas,[...]
Dogs in Dutch Genre Painting
Dutch 17th century art is full of dogs. The highly popular (then and now) and numerous genre paintings feature our[...]
Strawberries and Borage in 17th Century Jackets
Jacobean embroidered jackets are a very common sight within the portraiture of the early 17th century. The scrolling patterns with[...]
Inspiration: Dutch Art in the English Countryside
Dyrham Park near Bath has some wonderful Dutch 17th century treasures such as van Hoogstraten’s ‘View of a Corridor’ which[...]
The Portland Collection
Last week I went back to the Harley Gallery at the Welbeck Abbey estate in Nottinghamshire to get inspiration from[...]
Dutch Masters at the Queen’s Gallery
The Queen’s Gallery in London has a new exhibition which opened last Friday called Masters of the Everyday. Dutch Artists[...]
Let’s Take a Walk in a Dutch Landscape
The Dutch 17th century is a famous period in the history of art because of its prolific production of art.[...]
Pleating Wonders: Ruffs
The large ruffs you find in Dutch early seventeenth-century portraits are the results of the time consuming efforts of linen[...]
The Lace Trail in Blog Posts
BP Travel Award - in Blog Posts Below you will find a list of links to all the blog posts[...]
The Waddesdon Portrait of Elizabeth
Something very exciting happened at Waddesdon Manor recently. Amongst the art collection of De Rothchild family, who own the Manor,[...]
A Master of Pastel
  Although Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702 – 1789) is not very well-known (and I must admit I know very little about him)[...]
Verspronck: Girl in Blue
  To many viewers, his paintings might look alike. Portraits of men and women, often with dark brown backgrounds, wearing[...]
Painted Pals
I am indulging myself in going slightly dog mad these days.  Ever since our beloved English Springer Spaniel died last[...]
Welbeck Abbey and its Owners
The history of Welbeck Abbey goes back to the 12th century when a  monastery was built on the site where[...]
Bitesize Blog: Luttichuys’ Lace
Portrait of a Young Lady, Isaack Luttichuys, 1656 oil on canvas, h 99cm × w 82cmIsaack LutichuysPortrait of a Young[...]
Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle; pleasure castle, occasional home and product of sheer wealth and indulgence. Built by William Cavendish (1592 –  1676),[...]
A Short History of Early Lace
Although we may now think of wedding dresses and lingerie when we think of lace, in the 17th century lace[...]
Bitesize Blog: Ferdinand Bol
Ferdinand Bol Portrait of an Unknown Woman Oil on canvas, 106.7 x 91.5 cm, 1644 Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680) was a Dutch[...]