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.

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Recent Art History Articles

Leonardo’s Drawings
Until 6 May 2019 there are no less than 12 exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings simultaneously all over the[...]
Paint it Black
Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in painting. Many artists prefer to use Ivory Black,[...]
William Larkin: The Curtain Master
The work of William Larkin (early 1580s – 1619) stands out from the crowd. Not only because some of his[...]

More Art History Posts

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[...]
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall, the home of the fabulous  Bess of Hardwick, is a Tudor gem of a house. It was built[...]
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.[...]
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[...]
The Waddesdon Portrait of Elizabeth
Something very exciting happened at Waddesdon Manor recently. Amongst the art collection of De Rothchild family, who own the Manor,[...]
Welbeck Abbey and its Owners
The history of Welbeck Abbey goes back to the 12th century when a  monastery was built on the site where[...]
Leonardo’s Drawings
Until 6 May 2019 there are no less than 12 exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings simultaneously all over the[...]
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,[...]
The Velvet Top Twelve
Soft and lush, rich and deep colours; velvet is and always has been one of the most gorgeous and tactile[...]
A Treasure Trove in Nottinghamshire
Image: Welbeck Abbey. West front. 19th century photo. Picture: Harley Gallery. Welbeck Abbey Welbeck Abbey is a wonderful estate in[...]
A Master of Pastel
  Although Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702 – 1789) is not very well-known (and I must admit I know very little about him)[...]
Bitesize Blog: Luttichuys’ Lace
Portrait of a Young Lady, Isaack Luttichuys, 1656 oil on canvas, h 99cm × w 82cm Isaack Lutichuys Portrait of[...]
Why Bother with the Old Masters
You know me, I love my art history. And I write and paint partly because I want to show you[...]
Bess of Hardwick Hall
I visited Hardwick Hall today, a spectacular Tudor mansion, commissioned and lived in by one of the most illustrious ladies[...]
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[...]
Paint it Black
Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in painting. Many artists prefer to use Ivory Black,[...]