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.

Bitesize Blog: The Large Piece of Turf

Albrecht DurerThe Large Piece of Turf1503Watercolour on Paper, 40.8 cm (16 ″); Width: 31.5 cm (12.4 ″)Albertina Museum in ViennaI find this

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Bitesize Blog: The Large Piece of Turf

Albrecht DurerThe Large Piece of Turf1503Watercolour on Paper, 40.8 cm (16 ″); Width: 31.5 cm (12.4 ″)Albertina Museum in ViennaI find this

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Leonardo’s Drawings

Until 6 May 2019 there are no less than 12 exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings simultaneously all over the UK. The

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Paint it Black

Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in painting. Many artists prefer to use Ivory Black, others swear

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William Larkin: The Curtain Master

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

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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 of 9

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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 were no

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A Study After Ter Borch

Copying the Old Masters is as old a technique as the old masters themselves. For as long as artists have existed they learned from their masters or the works they left behind. It is a wonderful and fun way to enjoy

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Bitesize Blog: Ferdinand Bol

Ferdinand BolPortrait of an Unknown WomanOil on canvas, 106.7 x 91.5 cm, 1644Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680) was a Dutch old master based in Amsterdam and a pupil of Rembrandt. This painting at Kenwood House in London is one of my favourite paintings. It

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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 were no less than 3 wars between The Netherlands and Great Britain. At the same time it was a century of

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Bitesize Blog: Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump, 1768. National Gallery, LondonJoseph Wright of DerbyExperiment on a Bird in the Air PumpOil on canvas, 183 × 244 cm, 1768This painting pictures a ‘travelling scientist’ (quite a common

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Waddesdon Manor

Extravaganza Waddesdon Manor: an extravanganza, over the top, but also wonderful, fun, beautiful and full of treasure. With all its references to art and architectural history it oozes heritage; but of course the whole thing is an art collection housed in

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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, 172cm x 146,5cm, 1654. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, RotterdamBartholomeus van der HelstPortrait of Abraham del Court and His Wife Maria de

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10 Fun Art Memes

This post was written by Emma Welsh from Invaluable, an online art auction site with a lively blog. I really enjoyed their art memes and thought I’d share them with you. Hope you get a chuckle out of them! Leonardo da Vinci,

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Inspiration: Dutch Art in the English Countryside

Samuel van Hoogstraten, View of a Corridor, oil on canvas, 260x140cm/ 8’6”x4’5” Dyrham Park near Bath has some wonderful Dutch 17th century treasures such as van Hoogstraten’s ‘View of a Corridor’ which plays tricks on the eye. The stillness in paintings

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The Waddesdon Portrait of Elizabeth

Attributed to Nicholas Hilliard,Queen Elizabeth I, 16th Century. 815 x 612 x 5mm. Waddesdon (Rothschild Family) © Hamilton Kerr Institute Something very exciting happened at Waddesdon Manor recently. Amongst the art collection of De Rothchild family, who own the Manor, two

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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 of 9 that are attributed to William Larkin (1580s-1619) and that belong to the Suffolk Collection. They now hang in Kenwood

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Let’s Take a Walk in a Dutch Landscape

The Dutch 17th century is a famous period in the history of art because of its prolific production of art.  It is not withouth reason  that the century is called the ‘Golden Age’ as the small country lived through one of

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An Honest Self Portrait

Why do artists paint self portraits? Is it out of vanity or is there a deeper or more modest reason? Does it feel weird to paint your own self portrait? Self portraiture is a very old genre and remains popular today

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