Artists of Northern Europe, Illuminated manuscripts, portrait miniature, Renaissance, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems, The Hapsburgs, Tudor portraiture

The Good Friday Ceremony of the blessing of cramp rings and the curing of the King’s Evil

For those of you who have visited Westminster Abbey's gallery displaying various treasures of our ancient abbey, you may have well have failed to notice an illuminated manuscript known as The Cramp Ring manuscript.  In 2006 when I was researching my Master’s dissertation I was allowed to photograph the whole manuscript and the images of the… Continue reading The Good Friday Ceremony of the blessing of cramp rings and the curing of the King’s Evil

Flemish primitives, Illuminated manuscripts, Illumination of legal documents, study days, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems

Study Day – Hidden in Plain Sight. 7th December, 2019. West House, Pinner, London.

Some years ago my curiosity was piqued by an Indian ring-necked parakeet in an early 15th century Flemish altarpiece,  Detail of the Madonna and Canon van der Paele (1434): Jan van Eyck (c1390-1441): Groeninge Museum, Bruges and an Australian sulphur crested cockatoo in one of 1496 painted for the Dukes of Mantua in Italy.  This altarpiece was… Continue reading Study Day – Hidden in Plain Sight. 7th December, 2019. West House, Pinner, London.

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

Exhibitions, Illuminated manuscripts, portrait miniature, Portraiture, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems

Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619) & Isaac Oliver (1565-1617): Painters to the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts

Nicholas Hilliard was England’s first English artist to become internationally famous. His self portrait (© Victoria & Albert Museum, London) is a mere 41mm in diameter (1.6 inches) and it is for these exquisitely delicate and miniature images of Elizabeth I and her court that he becomes famous. I fell in love with Hilliard’s miniatures… Continue reading Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619) & Isaac Oliver (1565-1617): Painters to the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts

Illuminated manuscripts, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems

Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of Animals at Sea. An International Conference at Greenwich, London

Between Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th April 2019 a two and half day international conference Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of animals at sea will be held at the National Maritime Museum (part of the UNESCO world heritage site of Greenwich) London. The programme explores all aspects of animal involvement and engagement in aspects of maritime exploration and… Continue reading Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of Animals at Sea. An International Conference at Greenwich, London