The Truth of the Line

An Elizabethan Novel by Melanie V Taylor

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Death of Court Artist Levina Teerlinc

Levina Teerling (?) by Nicholas HIlliard

On 23rd June, 1576, Levina Teerlinc (1520 – 1576) died.  Levina was the daughter of the internationally famous Flemish illuminator (more correctly called a limner), Simon Bening, and grand-daughter of Alexander Bening.  In 2002 Alexander & Simon Bening were identified by Eric Drighsdal as the lead painters, together with the Horenbout and David families, of the… Read More

The Story of Women & Art

The Chess Game - Sofonisba Anquissola 1555

The Story of Women & Art has long been banished to archives and basements, or dusty museum corners while their male Great Master counterparts dominate the better lit walls.  On Friday 16th May Professor Amanda Vickery presented the first programme by the BBC into the female gaze taking us from the works by Italian sculptress… Read More

Noli me tangere – Touch me not!

Titian - Noli me tangere.  (1511-12: National Gallery, London)

Noli me tangere – Touch me not are the words spoken by Christ to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb early on the first Easter Sunday.  What artist would not want to portray the event of Christ’s Resurrection?  The drama of that first Easter Sunday has led to some of the most dramatic and theatrical paintings… Read More

A Banquet on board The Golden Hind

The Golden Hind - copyright National Maritime Museum, London

On 4th April, 1581 Francis Drake hosted a banquet on his ship The Golden Hind to celebrate his circumnavigation of the globe and to honour his patrons, principally, Elizabeth I. The ship had set out from England in 1577 named The Pelican, but Drake renamed it The Golden Hind as he rounded The Horn, in… Read More

Attici Amoris Ergo

Attici Amoris Ergo - Therefore, by, with , from or perhaps, through the love of Atticus.

In a recent BBC programme this miniature portrait with the motto Attici Amoris Ergo was shown as an example of baffling visual Elizabethan code.  The portrait is by Nicholas Hilliard and has two versions, one in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the other in a private collection.   Attici Amoris Ergo – Therefore,… Read More

Veronese – a Venetian Master.

Supper at Emmaus - Veronese

The National Gallery, London opened its doors to the public on their latest exhibition on Wednesday 19th March.  The subject is Veronese and it is the first time his work has been showcased in England.  I was able to go last Friday, which coincided with the Curator’s lunchtime talk in the Sainsbury Wing theatre. London… Read More