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.

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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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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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 Jacobean (James

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A Treasure Trove in Nottinghamshire

Image: Welbeck Abbey. West front. 19th century photo. Picture: Harley Gallery. Welbeck Abbey Pearl drop earring with gold mount, worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649. England, c.1616. Image: Harley Gallery. Welbeck Abbey is a wonderful estate in Nottinghamshire,

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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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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 Jacobean (James I) reigns. He was born in Lincolnshire in or around 1551 and was trained as a gold smith. He

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Bitesize Blog: William Larkin

William Larkin, Portrait of Richard Sackville, oil, 1613Needle lace edging, probably Italian, 1600-1620. V&A Museum LondonThe two Sackville brothers side by side at Kenwood House, each looming over 2 meters tallWilliam LarkinPortrait of Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of DorsetOil on canvas,

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Welbeck Abbey and its Owners

Anthony van Dyck, Sir William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle The history of Welbeck Abbey goes back to the 12th century when a  monastery was built on the site where there is now a vast country house. After the dissolution of

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Bitesize Blog: Judith Leyster

Judith Leyster, Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 74.6x65.1cm, c. 1630. National Gallery of Art, WashingtonJudith LeysterSelf PortraitOil on canvas, 74.6 x 65.1 cm, c. 1630One of the most well known female painters from the Dutch Golden Age, Judith Leyster (1609-1660) hailed

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A Master of Pastel

Jean-Étienne Liotard: Marie-Anne Françoise Liotard with a Doll, circa 1775, pastel on parchment, 45x50cm. Musée d’art et d’histoire, GenevaAlthough Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702 – 1789) is not very well-known (and I must admit I knew very little about him) it was

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Dutch Masters at the Queen’s Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery in London has a new exhibition which opened last Friday called Masters of the Everyday. Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer. It is a celebration of Dutch 17th century painting, in particular famous old masters like Rembrandt,

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Inspiration for The Shawl

When I first saw the Maiden in Contemplation online I was really taken by its softness and stillness. I did not know anything about the artist, Gaston la Touche (1854 – 1913) and must admit I still don’t. Sometimes I don’t feel the need to dive

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Verspronck: Girl in Blue

  To many viewers, his paintings might look alike. Portraits of men and women, often with dark brown backgrounds, wearing black clothing and a fabulous snow-white ruff or flat collar. There are a few exceptions of course, but the majority of

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The Portland Collection

Last week I went back to the Harley Gallery at the Welbeck Abbey estate in Nottinghamshire to get inspiration from the newly opened gallery which showcases part of the Portland Collection. Welbeck Abbey is a country estate which has been owned

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Painted Pals

I am indulging myself in going slightly dog mad these days.  Ever since our beloved English Springer Spaniel died last year at the age of 12 we have missed not only her but also the walks and the games. So it

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