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 old master based in Amsterdam and a pupil of Rembrandt. This painting at Kenwood House in London is one of…

Bitesize Blog: Dog Asleep

Gerrit Dou Dog Asleep Oil on panel, 6½ x 8½ in. (16.5 x 21.6 cm.) , 1650 This cuddly sleeping dog is tiny. Well, the oil painting is at just 7×9″ (c. 21x16cm). Gerrit Dou was and is famous for…

Wonders of the Mauritshuis

Precious Treasures Yesterday I visited the Mauritshuis in The Hague, The Netherlands. I had only been in the Mauritshuis once before, many, many years ago. In 2014 the Mauritshuis re-opened after an extensive 2-year refurbishment. I had been keen to visit…

Bitesize Blog: Luttichuys’ Lace

Isaack Lutichuys Portrait of a Young Lady Oil on canvas, 99x82cm, 1656 The fairly unknown ‘society’ painter Isaak Luttichuys (1616, London – 1673, Amsterdam) moved from London to The Netherlands in the early seventeenth century. He was the son of…

Verspronck: Girl in Blue

To many viewers, his paintings might look alike. Portraits of men and women, often with dark brown backgrounds, wearing black clothing and a fabulous snow-white ruff or flat collar. There are a few exceptions of course, but the majority of…