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

The Fall of Phaeton Peter Paul Rubens. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The flamboyant painters who made a spectacle of themselves

Nicola Suthor’s study of the self-confident style known as ‘bravura’ is something of a virtuoso affair

17 Aug 2021
(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