Unknown Woman Wearing a hat by Isaac Oliver, c 1590-5. Royal Collection Trust / c Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth 11 2019

Unknown Woman Wearing a hat by Isaac Oliver, c 1590-5. Royal Collection Trust / c Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth 11 2019

ELIZABETHAN TREASURES

WHAT? Elizabethan Treasure: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver 

WHERE? National Portrait Gallery, St.Martins Place, London WC2H OHE 

WHEN? 21st February - 19th May 

WHY GO? To marvel at the intricate detail and infinite patience of Tudor and Jacobean artistry from two renowned artists of the period, who used their exquisite skills at portraiture for sitters to attract favour, seal deals or simply to show off their wealth.  The thrill is in imagining whether they were a true likeness of the sitter or not!

Hilliard was an Englishman from Devon and Oliver, a Huguenot refugee and their Miniature portraits were famed the world over. It is claimed, they are amongst the greatest works of art to be produced in England. 

IN THE KNOW  Such were the talents of Hilliard and Oliver, that they were referred to as the Michelangelo and Raphael of their time by their admiring contemporaries.  Hilliard became Elizabeth I’s personal painter for 32 years.