In the 19th century the Swiss historian Jacob Burkhardt (1818-1897) pioneered academic scholarship of art and cultural history, demonstrating how a knowledge of the art, literature, architecture and sculpture, politics and the social minutiae of any period would better inform students, and the public's knowledge of the past. Even today there are many who think that art… Continue reading The difficulty identifying 16th portraits of ‘Unknown Ladies & Gentlemen’
A recent article in various publications (including The Smithsonian magazine), looked at Franny Moyle’s suggestion that Holbein left clues regarding the identification of one of his sitters of his miniatures being of Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anna, Duchess of Cleves. It is not the first time this possibility has been discussed. Heather Darsie describes how Anna adopted the… Continue reading How we know the Tudor Royals from 1485 – 1558; and who painted them.
Gill Whitlock’s story, "What Fools!" , demonstrates just how examining an original will can inspire writers to delve deeper into the life of the testator. Gill isn’t the first to see the possibility that Shakespeare’s daughter may have had a hand in creating some of the early Shakespeare plays, but she is the first (as far… Continue reading The Importance of Wills and Other Original Documents.