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

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[...]
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[...]

More Art History Posts

Birds & Bees & Embroidery
  ​A Portrait by William Larkin? I recently came across this portrait at Bristol Museum (above left) and found it immediately interesting.[...]
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,[...]
The Waddesdon Portrait of Elizabeth
Something very exciting happened at Waddesdon Manor recently. Amongst the art collection of De Rothchild family, who own the Manor,[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Bitesize Blog: Judith Leyster
Judith Leyster, Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 74.6x65.1cm, c. 1630. National Gallery of Art, Washington Judith Leyster Self Portrait Oil[...]
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[...]
Pleating Wonders: Ruffs
The large ruffs you find in Dutch early seventeenth-century portraits are the results of the time consuming efforts of linen[...]
Strawberries and Borage in 17th Century Jackets
Jacobean embroidered jackets are a very common sight within the portraiture of the early 17th century. The scrolling patterns with[...]
Bess of Hardwick Hall
I visited Hardwick Hall today, a spectacular Tudor mansion, commissioned and lived in by one of the most illustrious ladies[...]
A Short History of Early Lace
Although we may now think of wedding dresses and lingerie when we think of lace, in the 17th century lace[...]
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[...]
Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle; pleasure castle, occasional home and product of sheer wealth and indulgence. Built by William Cavendish (1592 –  1676),[...]
What is the Point of Art History?
Image: Frans Hals, The Merry Drinker, 1628-30. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Ever since Barack Obama made his negative remark about the usefulness of[...]
A Treasure Trove in Nottinghamshire
Image: Welbeck Abbey. West front. 19th century photo. Picture: Harley Gallery. Welbeck Abbey Welbeck Abbey is a wonderful estate in[...]
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[...]