Breeze Barrington is a PhD candidate working on visual arts and classical retellings at the early Stuart court.

The Finding of Moses (early 1630s), Orazio Gentileschi

London calling – Orazio Gentileschi’s The Finding of Moses at the court of Charles I

The National Gallery is raising funds to purchase Orazio Gentileschi’s biblical scene – once a prized possession of Queen Henrietta Maria

21 Nov 2019
Stefan Adegbola as Poggio di Chiusi, Hiran Abeysekera as Leonardo da Vinci, and Dickie Beau as Sandro Botticelli in Botticelli in the Fire at Hampstead Theatre, London, 2019.

Friars and bonfires in Renaissance Florence – Botticelli in the Fire, reviewed

What prompted Botticelli to become a follower of Savonarola? Jordan Tannahill’s arresting play casts historical accuracy aside in the quest for answers

6 Nov 2019
Self-portrait (detail; c. 1666), Mary Beale.

In praise of Mary Beale – one of Britain’s first women artists

A biography of one of the country’s earliest professional woman painters is a fitting if belated tribute

28 Oct 2019
The Carlile Family with Sir Justinian Isham in Richmond Park ('The Stag Hunt’) (detail; 1650s), Joan Carlile. Lamport Hall

A studio of one’s own – Britain’s first women artists

How to succeed as a woman painter in 17th-century England? A supportive husband, royal patronage and mentorship from Van Dyck certainly helped

2 Jul 2019
Richard Sackville (1589–1624), 3rd Earl of Dorset (detail; 1613), William Larkin. English Heritage, Kenwood.

Behind the curtain – it’s time William Larkin finally got his due

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the great English court painter, long known only as the ‘Curtain Master’

9 May 2019
Battle of the Nudes (1470s), Antonio Pollaiuolo. The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Voluptuous Venuses and sexy Sebastians – the Renaissance nude at the RA

The rediscovery of classical art in Europe transformed depictions of the naked body

7 Mar 2019
Double portrait of George Villiers, Marquess and later 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592–1628) and his wife, Katherine Manners (1603–1649), as Venus and Adonis (detail; 1620–21), Anthony van Dyck. Estimate £2.5m–£3.5m

A rare chance to see Van Dyck’s racy portrait of a radical courtier

The marital portrait of George Villiers and Katherine Manners has no parallel in English or Flemish painting

3 Dec 2018