Art and Patronage in the Caroline Courts

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In this collection of essays on aspects of the arts in Stuart England, fourteen distinguished scholars pay tribute to Sir Oliver Millar, whose pre-eminence as an authority on the visual arts in seventeenth-century England is well known. The essays concern themselves primarily with aspects of portraiture from Van Dyck to Sir Godfrey Kneller, a genre in which Millar's discoveries have been invaluable, but they also embrace a wide range of subjects which are crucial to our understanding of the arts during the ...

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In this collection of essays on aspects of the arts in Stuart England, fourteen distinguished scholars pay tribute to Sir Oliver Millar, whose pre-eminence as an authority on the visual arts in seventeenth-century England is well known. The essays concern themselves primarily with aspects of portraiture from Van Dyck to Sir Godfrey Kneller, a genre in which Millar's discoveries have been invaluable, but they also embrace a wide range of subjects which are crucial to our understanding of the arts during the period: the theatre, the masque, stage design, town planning, tomb sculpture, prose portraiture, the patronage of writers and the politics of the years of Personal Rule under Charles I. The essays provoke interesting comparisons with one another, and all reflect the recent trend of Early Modern studies in England in relating art history to the wider concerns of Stuart culture.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521431859
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/1993
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
Photographic acknowledgements
1 Van Dyck and George Gage 1
2 Patrons and collectors of Dutch painting in Britain during the reign of William and Mary 12
3 Foreigners at court: Holbein, Van Dyck and the Painter-Stainers Company 32
4 The etchings of John Evelyn 51
5 The politics of Inigo Jones 68
6 The Standard Bearer: Van Dyck's portrayal of Sir Edmund Verney 90
7 Sir Peter Lely and Sir Ralph Bankes 107
8 Isaac Besnier, sculptor to Charles I and his work for court patrons, c. 1624-1634 132
9 Laudian literature and the interpretation of Caroline churches in London 168
10 Clarendon and the art of prose portraiture in the age of Charles II 189
11 The Great Picture of Lady Anne Clifford 202
12 'Golden Houses for Shadows': some portraits of Thomas Killigrew and his family 220
13 Sir Godfrey Kneller as painter of histories and portraits histories 243
14 Mayerne and his manuscript 264
Index 294
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