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: Liotard’s Opera Singer

Jean Ettienne Liotard Portrait of Louise Jacquet (opera singer)Pastel, 59.8 x 45 cms, 23 1/2 x 17 3/4 in1748-52Private collection. Photo ©

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Bitesize Blog: Liotard’s Opera Singer

Jean Ettienne Liotard Portrait of Louise Jacquet (opera singer)Pastel, 59.8 x 45 cms, 23 1/2 x 17 3/4 in1748-52Private collection. Photo ©

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Best Flower Paintings

Flower painting has been a strong favourite for artists and art lovers for centuries but they really became a subject in itself

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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 Vienna I find

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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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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 Vienna I find this work quite amazing. It was painted in watercolour in 1503 by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), one of the greatest

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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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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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Two Painters, Two Portraits

Two paintings, by two different painters; they currently hang in the same room at the National Gallery in London. One was painted in 1640 in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The other was painted four years later in Amsterdam by an artist who was born

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Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle; pleasure castle, occasional home and product of sheer wealth and indulgence. Built by William Cavendish (1592 –  1676), an aristocrat, cavalier and equestrian (he was the most accomplished horseman of his day and wrote and published a groundbreaking treatise

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A Short History of Early Lace

Although we may now think of wedding dresses and lingerie when we think of lace, in the 17th century lace was not associated with either. And yet the 17th century was one of the heydays of lace. Lace was a relatively

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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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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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The Lace Trail in Blog Posts

BP Travel Award – in Blog Posts Below you will find a list of links to all the blog posts I wrote throughout my project for the BP Travel Award over the course of two years (for more on this project,

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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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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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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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