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ART HISTORY

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National Portrait Gallery

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Hardcover, 7 x 10.5 in. / 232 pgs / 163 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 54   

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ISBN 9781855147027 TRADE
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London
National Portrait Gallery, 02/21/1905/19/19

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Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

Text by Catharine MacLeod.

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries there was one art form in which English artists excelled above all their continental European counterparts: the painting of miniatures. This fascinating book explores the genre with special reference to two of its most accomplished practitioners, Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, whose astounding skill brought them international fame and admiration.

In addition to exhibiting the exquisite technique of the artists, portrait miniatures express in a unique way many of the most distinctive and fascinating aspects of court life in this period: ostentatious secrecy, games of courtly love, arcane symbolism, a love of intricacy and decoration. Bedecked in elaborate lace, encrusted in jewellery and sprinkled with flowers, court ladies smile enigmatically at the viewer; their male counterparts rest on grassy banks or lean against trees, sighing over thwarted love, or more modestly express their hopes in Latin epigrams inscribed around their heads.

Often set in richly enamelled and jewelled gold lockets, or beautifully turned ivory or ebony boxes, such miniatures could be concealed or revealed, exchanged or kept, as part of elaborate processes of friendship, love, patronage and diplomacy at the courts of Elizabeth I and James I. This richly illustrated book explores what the portrait miniature reveals about identity, society and visual culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.


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