Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A few 16C miniatures from Stourhead in England


Italian School Girl with a Feather in her Hair National Trust Collections Stourhead, Wiltshire 1560-70

I first visited Stourhead on a beautiful May day, when a blanket of snow covered blossoms on Rhododendron ponticum planted there since the late 18th-century.  I went to see this great garden, & it was an amazing sight.  I immediately understood why it is one of the great landscape gardens in the world.  The house was not why I came, but it captivated me as well.  The Stourhead garden was created in the valley behind the 1725 Palladian mansion house by a wealthy English banker Henry Hoare II (1705-1785) who had been off buying works of art in Italy at the time he inherited the Stourhead estate.  A group of the smallest works of art in Stourhead is this collection of continental miniatures from the late 1500s to the early 1600s.



Spanish School An Unknown Lady in a Gold Dress National Trust Collections Stourhead, Wiltshire



Continental School An Unknown Lady with Towering Red Hair National Trust Collections Stourhead, Wiltshire



Continental School An Unknown Lady in a Black Dress National Trust Collections Stourhead, Wiltshire



Continental School An Unknown Lady in a Black Dress National Trust Collections Stourhead, Wiltshire



Continental School An Unknown Lady in a Black Dress National Trust Collections Stourhead, Wiltshire

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