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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Bitesize Blog: Luttichuys’ Lace

Portrait of a Young Lady, Isaack Luttichuys, 1656 oil on canvas, h 99cm × w 82cmIsaack LutichuysPortrait of a Young LadyOil on canvas, 99x82cm, 1656The fairly unknown 'society' painter Isaak Luttichuys (1616, London – 1673, Amsterdam) moved from London to The

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Pleating Wonders: Ruffs

The large ruffs you find in Dutch early seventeenth-century portraits are the results of the time consuming efforts of linen bleaching, sewing, starching and setting. A ruff is constructed from a long strip of fabric, usually very fine linen lawn (Holland

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Birds & Bees & Embroidery

  ​A Portrait by William Larkin? I recently came across this portrait at Bristol Museum (above left) and found it immediately interesting. Of course ever since my BP Travel Award project I have a slight soft spot for portrait artist William Larkin (1580-1619)

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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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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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17th Century Dutch Dress

If you look at early 17th century Dutch portraits, such as by Rembrand and Frans Hals you might be wondering what on earth these people are wearing. Those crazy ruffs are just the top of the iceberg and below there is

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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 by Mars Black. For some the deepest black is conveyed by mixing dark blues and reds together, creating extremely

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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 huge, but also because of the fantastic depiction of fabrics.  His paintings also show the changeover from Tudor art

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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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Some Art (History) Blogs to Enjoy

There are thousands of blogs these days, many of which deal with art or the history of art. It is one of the reasons I probably spend too much time online. But a lot of blogs are really interesting, informative and

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Amazing Miniatures: Grand Paintings on a Tiny Scale

17th century miniatures at the Portland Collection, Harley Gallery, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.   It all started as some tiny illustrations in old books. The images in medieval books such as prayer books developed into the most amazing art we now call miniatures.

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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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