Artists of Northern Europe, Books, Flemish primitives, Illuminated manuscripts

Hidden in Plain Sight :Visual evidence of travellers’ tales & trade in birds & other marvellous beasts

Below is the outline for the paper I will be presenting at the international conference titled Maritime Animals being held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, between 25-27th April 2019.  This paper will discuss just one element of my research into the visual evidence of trade with the Far East that is evident in surviving… Continue reading Hidden in Plain Sight :Visual evidence of travellers’ tales & trade in birds & other marvellous beasts

Artists of Northern Europe, Interviews, Royal Portraits, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems

An Interview with Heather Darsie: Author of Anna Duchess of Cleves, The King’s Beloved Sister.

Mell.  Heather, welcome.  As an art historian, I am interested in the various portraits of Anna and the iconography used by the family.  I remember when we both attended the 500th anniversary celebratory conference of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and you disappeared for a morning. What were you doing while I was listening to the… Continue reading An Interview with Heather Darsie: Author of Anna Duchess of Cleves, The King’s Beloved Sister.

Artists of Northern Europe, Exhibitions, Illuminated manuscripts, portrait miniature, Portraiture

Illuminators of the Tudor Court

This article focuses on those who created the portrait miniatures from the mid 1520s until 1603 and how, thanks to the talents of the artists employed at the Tudor court, we are able to identify some aristocratic sitters of the 16th century.  Links to images and articles are in bold italics. Portraits of the aspiring… Continue reading Illuminators of the Tudor Court

Artists of Northern Europe, Flemish primitives, Illuminated manuscripts

The Adoration of the Kings

As Epiphany approaches, we remember how the Holy Family were visited by three wise men from the East. However they, having foreseen the arrival of the new King of the Jews, had gone to King Herod thinking they would find the infant Christ there. Herod had no knowledge of the birth of a new king,… Continue reading The Adoration of the Kings

Artists of Northern Europe, Illuminated manuscripts

The Adoration of the Shepherds

And she [Mary] brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Lo, the angel of the Lord… Continue reading The Adoration of the Shepherds

Artists of Northern Europe, Illuminated manuscripts

Mary & Joseph arrive in Bethlehem

It is only a couple of days to Christmas Eve and two thousand years ago Joseph and Mary were probably heading to Bethlehem to be counted for the census called by Caesar August.  Their arrival in Bethlehem is not one that is usually recorded visually, but there are a few marginal images hidden in some… Continue reading Mary & Joseph arrive in Bethlehem

Artists of Northern Europe, Illuminated manuscripts, poetry and portraiture

The Annunciation

In Christmas week our focus is on the birth of Christ on Christmas day, but the story really starts nine months earlier with the visitation of an angel to a young woman.  The angel is Gabriel, who reveals to a young woman called Mary that she has been chosen by God and will bear a… Continue reading The Annunciation