The Sovereign Miniatures of the Early Baroque Period
This show at the Kunst Museum Winterthur (8 October–12 February 2023) looks at the ways that painted portrait miniatures became important as status symbols on the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Painted in watercolour, these miniatures were typically enamelled and designed to be enclosed within a locket or boxes so as they could be carried by their owner; they were ideally suited for communicating social rank, both through the fact of their commissioning and through the depiction of attributes such as dress. It was necessary in these portraits, which were frequently used to broker marriages, for the sitter to be clothed in lavish costumes – a trend that was shaped by the French royal court before spreading outwards across Europe. Highlights of the exhibition include Nicholas Hilliard’s Young Man in Armour in Gold (1547–1619). Find out more on the Kunst Museum Winterthur’s website.
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