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

The Lace Trail in Blog Posts

BP Travel Award – in Blog Posts Below you will find a list of links…

The 10 Best Lace Paintings

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Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Susanna Lunden(?), probably 1622-5. National Gallery London.

Why Bother with the Old Masters

You know me, I love my art history. And I write and paint partly because…

Welbeck Abbey and its Owners

The history of Welbeck Abbey goes back to the 12th century when a  monastery was…

The Velvet Top Twelve

Soft and lush, rich and deep colours; velvet is and always has been one of…

Bitesize Blog: Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright of Derby Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump Oil on canvas, 183…

Frans Hals and Bartholomeus Van der Helst

Two paintings, by two different painters; they currently hang in the same room at the National…

Painted Pals

4 sharesShare4Share +10Tweet0Pin0Share0 I am indulging myself in going slightly dog mad these days.  Ever…

Bitesize Blog: Van der Helst

Van der Helst’s portrait of cloth merchant Abraham del Court and his wife is all about her stunning white silk dress. Van der Helst was a true master of painting drapery and this painting is no exception. Despite the painterly brush marks the effect is extremely realistic.

Verspronck: Girl in Blue

To many viewers, his paintings might look alike. Portraits of men and women, often with…

Jan Steen, The merry family,

Dogs in Dutch Genre Painting

18 sharesShare14Share +10Tweet0Pin4Share0 Dutch 17th century art is full of dogs. The highly popular (then…

Some Art (History) Blogs to Enjoy

There are thousands of blogs these days, many of which deal with art or the…

Bess of Hardwick Hall

I visited Hardwick Hall today, a spectacular Tudor mansion, commissioned and lived in by one…

Bitesize Blog: Dog Asleep

Gerrit Dou Dog Asleep Oil on panel, 6½ x 8½ in. (16.5 x 21.6 cm.)…

Wonders of the Mauritshuis

Precious Treasures Yesterday I visited the Mauritshuis in The Hague, The Netherlands. I had only been…

Dutch Masters at the Queen’s Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery in London has a new exhibition which opened last Friday called Masters…

Bitesize Blog: William Larkin

William Larkin Portrait of Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset Oil on canvas, 206.3×122.2cm (81…

Self Portraits by Van Dyck and Others

Recently the people of Great Britain helped to save a major self-portrait by 17th century…

Bitesize Blog: Ferdinand Bol

Ferdinand Bol Portrait of an Unknown Woman Oil on canvas, 106.7 x 91.5 cm, 1644 Ferdinand…

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle; pleasure castle, occasional home and product of sheer wealth and indulgence. Built by…

Rembrandt, Self portraits as the apostle Paul, Rijksmuseum

An Honest Self Portrait

Why do artists paint self portraits? Is it out of vanity or is there a…

Sophie Ploeg Oil Studio thumbnail

A Study After Ter Borch

Copying the Old Masters is as old a technique as the old masters themselves. For…

Birds & Bees & Embroidery

  ​A Portrait by William Larkin? I recently came across this portrait at Bristol Museum (above left)…

Who is Your Favourite Artist?

This question is often asked but never really answered as I cannot name a single…

Strawberries and Borage in 17th Century Jackets

Jacobean embroidered jackets are a very common sight within the portraiture of the early 17th…