A Short, Pleasant History of Royal Baby Portraits
British / British / Look Back: Art History / Painting / Photography

A Short, Pleasant History of Royal Baby Portraits

Now I’ll miss the weekly slideshows and double-page layouts of the Duchess of Cambridge in maternity wear as much as the next person. But don’t worry, now that the long-awaited Royal Baby is here we’ll still have plenty to look at – after all, the royal baby portraits are coming. Even in the earlier parts … Continue reading

Life Studies: Still Life and Vanitas Paintings
Dutch / Look Back: Art History / Painting / Photography

Life Studies: Still Life and Vanitas Paintings

Beautiful objects were common in the northern Netherlands of the 16th and 17th centuries. Thanks to successful foreign exploration, abundant trading and the careful and conscientious handling of money, it was a time of great freedom and prosperity in the Netherlands. Along with other luxury items – cutlery, flatware, fine furniture, jewellery, books, musical instruments, … Continue reading