Sophie Ploeg

Art Historian

Sophie is an art historian, writer and ex-artist. She has studied art and architectural history in Amsterdam, completing an MA and then a PhD on English Baroque architecture and classical rhetoric. She subsequently developed a career as an artist, writer and art tutor. During this time she extensively researched the role of lace in early modern portraiture, the results of which were published in blog posts, talks and art works. She has recently returned to academia through an MSc in ancient history. Her final dissertation focussed on Roman funerary portraiture. She is now exploring a new research project in Roman art. Visit Sophie's blog for more articles on art history. And check out her CV if you're interested. 

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Verspronck was born in Haarlem around 1601-03, although his exact birth year is not known. He learned his painting skills

Lace has long been associated with luxury and elegance, and it was a popular accessory in the fashion of the

The lace used to decorate Elizabethan ruffs is either an early lace called cutwork and/or the slightly later reticella lace.