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

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