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.

Best Museum Websites (in a Lock-Down)

Museum websites are completely missing a trick. That's what I concluded after an afternoon of museum website browsing. I am writing this

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Recent Art History Articles

Best Museum Websites (in a Lock-Down)

Museum websites are completely missing a trick. That's what I concluded after an afternoon of museum website browsing. I am writing this

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Bitesize Blog: Liotard’s Opera Singer

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

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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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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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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 so you can love it too. But, I can hear you ask, why bother with the old masters? What's the point?

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Bitesize Blog: Ferdinand Bol

Ferdinand Bol Portrait of an Unknown Woman Oil on canvas, 106.7 x 91.5 cm, 1644 Ferdinand 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Royal Collection has a fantastic collection of drawings by Leonardo and to celebrate the 500th year since his death,

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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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Bitesize Blog: Holbein

Hans Holbein, A Lady with a Squirrel and Starling, oil on panel, 56x38.cm, 1526-8Hans Holbein the YoungerA Lady with a Squirrel and StarlingOil on Panel, 56x38.8cm, 1526-8This is one of Holbein’s most beautiful paintings and yet we do not know for

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