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[...]
An Honest Self Portrait
Why do artists paint self portraits? Is it out of vanity or is there a deeper and more modest reason?[...]
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.[...]
The 10 Best Lace Paintings
Who are the best lace painters in history? I am not sure I can answer that question but I do[...]
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[...]
Who is Your Favourite Artist?
This question is often asked but never really answered as I cannot name a single favourite artist. I can't say[...]
17th Century Dutch Dress
If you look at early 17th century Dutch portraits, such as by Rembrand and Frans Hals you might be wondering[...]
Bitesize Blog: Holbein
Hans Holbein, A Lady with a Squirrel and Starling, oil on panel, 56x38.cm, 1526-8Hans Holbein the YoungerA Lady with a[...]
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.[...]
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[...]
Pleating Wonders: Ruffs
The large ruffs you find in Dutch early seventeenth-century portraits are the results of the time consuming efforts of linen[...]
Bitesize Blog: Luttichuys’ Lace
Portrait of a Young Lady, Isaack Luttichuys, 1656 oil on canvas, h 99cm × w 82cmIsaack LutichuysPortrait of a Young[...]
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[...]
Bitesize Blog: William Larkin
William Larkin, Portrait of Richard Sackville, oil, 1613 Needle lace edging, probably Italian, 1600-1620. V&A Museum London The two Sackville[...]
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall, the home of the fabulous  Bess of Hardwick, is a Tudor gem of a house. It was built[...]
A Study After Ter Borch
  Copying the Old Masters is as old a technique as the old masters themselves. For as long as artists[...]
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,[...]