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Artists of Northern Europe, portrait miniature, Portraiture, Royal Portraits, Tudor portraiture

A Portrait of Anna, Duchess of Cleves : The King’s Beloved Sister

Anna, Duchess of Cleves. Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 - 1543) (?). Rosenbach Museum, Philadelphia, USA. Accession Number 1954.1923. When Heather Darsie’s new consideration of Anna’s life and marriage was published in April 2019, the cover portrait (above) presented us with a completely different aspect of the duchess from the Holbein portrait that now hangs… Continue reading A Portrait of Anna, Duchess of Cleves : The King’s Beloved Sister

Conferences and Symposia

Harlaxton Zoomposium : 26th – 30 July 2021

I am delighted to report that the Harlaxton website for this year's meeting is now up and running. https://harlaxton.org.uk/zoomposium2021/ This year's theme is travel. Unlike previous years when we have met in person at Harlaxton Manor, this year, due to Covid, the annual meeting will take the form of a Zoomposium, thus enabling so many… Continue reading Harlaxton Zoomposium : 26th – 30 July 2021

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Louis XIV: The Real King of Versailles. Josephine Wilkinson

A Review. If you enjoyed the TV series Versailles, then I suggest you read Josephine Wilkinson’s biography of Louis XIV: The Real King of Versailles, published in 2019. Sketch of Louis XIV c1655. Charles le Brun (1619 - 1690).  In anticipation of Dr Wilkinson’s forthcoming book, The Man in the Iron Mask (US. Pegasus, 6th July… Continue reading Louis XIV: The Real King of Versailles. Josephine Wilkinson

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Renaissance Watercolours : From Durer to Van Dyck. By Mark Evans. A review.

This magnificent book by Dr Evans, senior curator of paintings and water colours at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, is a must for those interested in early modern and Renaissance art.  Published in July 2020, this catalogue accompanied an exhibition.  Sadly, I never made it to the museum in South Kensington due to the pandemic, but having… Continue reading Renaissance Watercolours : From Durer to Van Dyck. By Mark Evans. A review.

Baroque Artists, Exhibitions, Great Mistresses, Renaissance, Subjects for discussion

ARTEMISIA!

Finally, after three hundred and fifty years, a woman artist has risen to the ranks of those artists and sculptors who are known by a single name, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Botticelli, Donatello, Rodin, Picasso – all of them men.   The work of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - 1654/56) is currently being exhibited at… Continue reading ARTEMISIA!