Alexander Marr is Reader in the History of Early Modern Art at the University of Cambridge.

(c. 1600–10; detail), Isaac Oliver. Ham House, Surrey.

A mystery in miniature – Isaac Oliver, the Virginia colonists and The Tempest

The subject of a well-known miniature by Isaac Oliver has long been a mystery, but could the painting’s motto offer a clue to its sitter’s identity?

24 Oct 2020
Self-portrait at the Easel (detail; c. 1556), Sofonisba Anguissola.

Learned behaviour – the successful career of Sofonisba Anguissola

Should we see the painter as a Renaissance feminist or as a product of her upbringing?

23 Jun 2020