Recently, Rebecca Larson of www.Tudor’sDynasty.com and I were communing about how to amuse ourselves during this Covid-19 crisis and what we could do if we ended up having to self-isolate. We came up with the idea of creating a new Decameron, the first version was written by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) in around 1353. So we are throwing it out… Continue reading The Tudors Dynasty Decameron 2020 project
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
Previously unknown portrait in a private collection.
Mine eye hath play’d the painter and hath steel’d Thy beauty’s form in the table of my heart; My body is the frame wherein ’tis held, And perspective is the painter’s art. For through the painter must you see his skill, To find where your true image pictured lies; Which in my bosom’s shop is… Continue reading Mine eye hath play’d the painter
Hilliard’s lovely portrait of his beloved Alice now in the V&A, London