Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Portrait of Prince Edward, later King Edward VI of England by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1537-38 England, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC)
Inscribed across the bottom:
PARVVLE PATRISSA, PATRIÆ VIRTVTIS ET HÆRESESTO, NIHIL MAIVS MAXIMVS ORBIS HABET.GNATVM VIX POSSVNT COELVM ET NATVRA DEDISSE,HVIVS QVEM PATRIS, VICTVS HONORET HONOS.ÆQVATO TANTVM, TANTI TV FACTA PARENTIS,VOTA HOMINVM, VIX QVO PROGREDIANTVR, HABENTVINCITO, VICISTI. QVOT REGES PRISCVS ADORATORBIS, NEC TE QVI VINCERE POSSIT, ERIT.
Ricard Morysini Car.
Little one, emulate thy father and be the heir of his virtue; the world contains nothing greater. Heaven and earth could scarcely produce a son whose glory would surpass that of such a father. Do thou but equal the deeds of thy parent and men can ask no more. Shouldst thou surpass him, thou hast outstript all, nor shall any surpass thee in ages to come. By Sir Richard Morison.
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Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1538, National Gallery, London
Holbein painted this portrait of Christina of Denmark, the young widowed Duchess of Milan, for Henry VIII of England, who was considering her as a possible wife. Thomas Cromwell sent Holbein to Brussels, accompanied by Philip Hoby, to draw the duchess, and she sat for him for three hours. John Hutton, the English representative in Brussels, wrote of the result that “Mr Haunce … hathe shoid hym self to be the master of that siens [science], for it is very perffight”. Henry was so delighted with Christina’s portrait that, according to the imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys, “since he saw it he has been in much better humour than he ever was, making musicians play on their instruments all day long”. Holbein painted Christina’s portrait in oils shortly afterwards, and the work has been recognised as one of his finest. In the event, Henry never secured the wary duchess as his wife. "If I had two heads," she said, "I would happily put one at the disposal of the King of England".
Bolded because that’s a great quote.
Archduchess Eleanor of Austria by Jakob Seisenegger, 1536, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Eleanor would have been about two years old when this portrait was made.
Portrait of a Woman Inspired by Lucretia by Lorenzo Lotto, ca 1530’s Italy, The National Gallery, London
Portrait of a Woman in a Striped Dress by Giovanni Cariani, 1530-35 Italy, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Scarpine shoes, ca 1500-50 France, MFA Boston
Posting this because I’ve never seen a pair that still had the velvet on them. Amazing. But still an ugly style.