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