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

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[...]
William Larkin’s Style of Painting and the End of an Era
Larkin’s Portrait of Diana CecilThe huge portrait of Diana Cecil (1596 - 1654) (it is over 2 meters tall) is one[...]

More Art History Posts

The Velvet Top Twelve
Soft and lush, rich and deep colours; velvet is and always has been one of the most gorgeous and tactile[...]
An Honest Self Portrait
Why do artists paint self portraits? Is it out of vanity or is there a deeper and more modest reason?[...]
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,[...]
William Larkin’s Style of Painting and the End of an Era
Larkin’s Portrait of Diana CecilThe huge portrait of Diana Cecil (1596 - 1654) (it is over 2 meters tall) is one[...]
Birds & Bees & Embroidery
  ​A Portrait by William Larkin? I recently came across this portrait at Bristol Museum (above left) and found it immediately interesting.[...]
The Portland Collection
Last week I went back to the Harley Gallery at the Welbeck Abbey estate in Nottinghamshire to get inspiration from[...]
Amazing Miniatures: Grand Paintings on a Tiny Scale
  It all started as some tiny illustrations in old books. The images in medieval books such as prayer books[...]
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[...]
Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle; pleasure castle, occasional home and product of sheer wealth and indulgence. Built by William Cavendish (1592 –  1676),[...]
Bitesize Blog: Holbein
Hans Holbein, A Lady with a Squirrel and Starling, oil on panel, 56x38.cm, 1526-8 Hans Holbein the Younger A Lady[...]
Bitesize Blog: Joseph Wright
Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump, 1768. National Gallery, LondonJoseph Wright of DerbyExperiment[...]
10 Fun Art Memes
This post was written by Emma Welsh from Invaluable, an online art auction site with a lively blog. I really[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Robert Peake & Charles I
Robert Peake the Elder (c. 1551–1619) was a fascinating painter who worked during the transition of Tudor (Elizabeth I) and[...]
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[...]