Miniatures, portraits of intimacy and love
I have always loved miniatures portraits, there is something utterly charming and attractive about these small scale detailed portraits, something very intimate as well: before the age of photography these were the only way to carry the memory of the beloved ones, lover, parent, children…
The art of miniatures as portraits started in Renaissance England at the Tudors court with artists such as Nicholas Hilliard or Isaac Oliver and flourished until the mid 1850 which marks the dawn of photographic era.
A really lovely and interesting illustrated book has been recently published : « La Miniature, Portrait de l’Intimité » Norma Editions.
Isaac Oliver , child portrait – 16th century
Nicholas Hilliard – portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh
Nicholas Hilliard, Portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1st
Isaac Oliver, Symbolic « Passionate love as flames » portrait – 16th century
« Erotic » miniature portrait – 16th century
Symbolic Nicholas Hilliard « In Memoriam » miniature ( the man holds the hand of the deceased beloved one)
late 18th century child miniature
late 18th century beautiful pearl framed miniature