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Hilliard’s Tudor Painting Tips

Nicholas Hilliard (1546-7 – 1618) was a famous Tudor artist, working for the royal court of Elizabeth I and after her death the court of James IV. He is particularly well known for his breathtaking miniature portrait paintings, with the characteristically Tudor blue background, white ruffs, detailed dress and lifelike faces. These miniatures are often

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Despite its title, Vincenzo Cartari’s (1502? -1570s?)  Images of the Gods (Le imagini degli dei delli antichi, Venice, 1556) was initially published without illustrations (1). But that did not stop this ....Read More

For my painting The Long Wait, I used an intruiging large piece of lace as inspiration for the background of the painting. This piece of lace is the ....Read More

Museum websites are completely missing a trick. That's what I concluded after an afternoon of museum website browsing. I am writing this article during the Corona lock-down and ....Read More

 Jean Ettienne LiotardPortrait of Louise Jacquet (opera singer)Pastel, 59.8 x 45 cms, 23 1/2 x 17 3/4 in1748-52Private collection. Photo © Sotheby’s/Art Digital StudioThis lively and confronting portrait ....Read More

Flower painting has been a strong favourite for artists and art lovers for centuries but they really became a subject in itself in the early 17th century. Dutch ....Read More

Albrecht DurerThe Large Piece of Turf1503Watercolour on Paper, 40.8 cm (16 ″); Width: 31.5 cm (12.4 ″)Albertina Museum in ViennaI find this work quite amazing. It was painted ....Read More

Until 6 May 2019 there are no less than 12 exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings simultaneously all over the UK. The Royal Collection has a fantastic collection ....Read More

Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in painting. Many artists prefer to use Ivory Black, others swear by Mars Black. For some the ....Read More

The work of William Larkin (early 1580s – 1619) stands out from the crowd. Not only because some of his works are huge, but also because of the ....Read More

Larkin’s Portrait of Diana Cecil The huge portrait of Diana Cecil (1596 - 1654) (it is over 2 meters tall) is one of 9 that are attributed to William ....Read More

In the 17th century the Brits were mad about the Dutch.  In this eventful century (to put it mildly) there were no less than 3 wars between The ....Read More

Robert Peake the Elder (c. 1551–1619) was a fascinating painter who worked during the transition of Tudor (Elizabeth I) and Jacobean (James I) reigns. He was born in ....Read More

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 Jean Ettienne LiotardPortrait of Louise Jacquet (opera singer)Pastel, 59.8 x 45 cms,

Albrecht DurerThe Large Piece of Turf1503Watercolour on Paper, 40.8 cm (16 ″);

Click to enlargeBartholomeus van der Helst, Portrait of Abraham del Court and

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Dutch Art

Bitesize Blog: Ferdinand Bol

Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in

In the 17th century the Brits were mad about the Dutch.  In

My Self Portrait with Dog was painted over the course of the

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17th Century Art

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