Who are the best lace painters in history? I am not sure I can answer that question but I do look into art history to find inspiration for my own work. When I focus on painted lace I automatically end up in the 17th century (that might just be me). That is the first century in which lace was hugely popular and so was a realistic style of portrait painting.
In many portraits of the 17th century, therefore, we can find beautiful examples of painted lace. I have mentioned a few 17th century artists below, but there are so many more who painted stunning examples.In the 19th century lace was popular too but the painting style was more loose and often artists failed to depict the fine detail, choosing instead to give an impression of the delicate fabric rather than paint its details.I thought it would be nice to collect some highlights from art history. Many of the artists mentioned are well worth some further research. Below are some details of some of what I find the most beautiful bits of painted lace. Of course it all started with the icon of the lace ruff, Elizabeth. Enjoy!
Thank you for selection! Seems that the detail from 19th century Prado regal portrait is not lace.
I'm enjoying your articles very much, and I have a question. I was once told that Rembrandt painted his lace collars differently than other artists. Is this true? And did most artists paint the white lace over the black background or vice versa?
Thanks for your kind help.
Hi Paula! No, he did not paint it differently than other artists; well he painted differently than other artists anyway, but the way he painted lace was simply the most logical way and others did the same. Whether you paint the white first or the black first depends on how dense the lace is. If the lace is thin and spidery, you paint the white lace on top of the black (or whatever) background, but if the lace is thick and more like a fabric, you’d paint the white lace and paint the black ‘negative space’ in and around it. Most painters would do it this way as it is simply the easiest way. Hope this helps.
So glad to fine your web page. I am delving into making art and sculpture with lace and wax, encaustics.
Not sure what to expect from the world. I love the history of lace and culture around it. Almost feel reluctant to put it out there. But I have collected so much of it I almost feel obligated to used it in abnormal artsy ways.
You are obviously wrong, but someone who is not involved in the art community is not expected to understand it. It’s fine if you don’t like or understand art, but you don’t get to say what art is if you don’t know anything about it.
The lace in several of these paintings looks so real, almost as though one could lift if off the painting. Thanks for sharing these paintings.
Aren’t they gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed them too!
Vincent Lopez “Wow”
I know – I only discovered him recently, since a museum is purchasing the very first UK Lopez, he does amazing work!
Your art lace painting is just like the real lace making – lots of tiny details. I enjoy looking at your paintings as I enjoy my making lace.
In fact, your art portraits could be my challenge in bobbin lace.
Have a nice day!
Thanks so much! Happy Lace making! Sophie