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

Leonardo’s Drawings
Until 6 May 2019 there are no less than 12 exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings simultaneously all over the[...]
Paint it Black
Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in painting. Many artists prefer to use Ivory Black,[...]
William Larkin: The Curtain Master
The work of William Larkin (early 1580s – 1619) stands out from the crowd. Not only because some of his[...]

More Art History Posts

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,[...]
Prized Possessions from the National Trust at the Holburne in Bath
In the 17th century the Brits were mad about the Dutch.  In this eventful century (to put it mildly) there[...]
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall, the home of the fabulous  Bess of Hardwick, is a Tudor gem of a house. It was built[...]
Paint it Black
Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in painting. Many artists prefer to use Ivory Black,[...]
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[...]
Bitesize Blog: Dog Asleep
Gerrit Dou, Dog Asleep, oil, 7x9”/21x16cm, 1650. Private Collection Gerrit Dou Dog Asleep Oil on panel, 6½ x 8½ in.[...]
Inspiration for The Shawl
When I first saw the Maiden in Contemplation online I was really taken by its softness and stillness. I did not know[...]
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)[...]
Painted Pals
I am indulging myself in going slightly dog mad these days.  Ever since our beloved English Springer Spaniel died last[...]
Self Portraits by Van Dyck and Others
Recently the people of Great Britain helped to save a major self-portrait by 17th century master artist Anthony van Dyck[...]
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[...]
Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle; pleasure castle, occasional home and product of sheer wealth and indulgence. Built by William Cavendish (1592 –  1676),[...]
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[...]
Why Bother with the Old Masters
You know me, I love my art history. And I write and paint partly because I want to show you[...]
Bess of Hardwick Hall
I visited Hardwick Hall today, a spectacular Tudor mansion, commissioned and lived in by one of the most illustrious ladies[...]
Bitesize Blog: Joseph Wright
Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump, 1768. National Gallery, LondonJoseph Wright of DerbyExperiment[...]