Who are the best lace painters in history? I am not sure I can answer that question but I do look into art history to find inspiration for my own work. When I focus on painted lace I automatically end up in the 17th century (that might just be me). That is the first century in which lace was hugely popular and so was a realistic style of portrait painting.
In many portraits of the 17th century, therefore, we can find beautiful examples of painted lace. I have mentioned a few 17th century artists below, but there are so many more who painted stunning examples.In the 19th century lace was popular too but the painting style was more loose and often artists failed to depict the fine detail, choosing instead to give an impression of the delicate fabric rather than paint its details.I thought it would be nice to collect some highlights from art history. Many of the artists mentioned are well worth some further research. Below are some details of some of what I find the most beautiful bits of painted lace. Of course it all started with the icon of the lace ruff, Elizabeth. Enjoy!