The History & Relevance of Miniature Art
An interesting journey into the world of Russian lacquer box miniature painting. Russian lacquer boxes and objects are popular as collectors‘ items, but few know their history. Even in Russia itself, many have not heard of this delightful artform.
In memory of one of the greatest miniature artists – Nicholas Hilliard – who died 400 years ago in 1619. At the opening of the 2019 miniature art exhibition of The Hilliard Society in Wells, GB, this interesting lecture was presented.
If you look at miniature prices on specialized dealers websites or at the big London auction houses, you’ll likely find miniatures mostly in the $ (or Pound) 1000+ range, with the sky being the limit.
Portrait miniatures, and the technique of painting miniatures, started with calligraphy, which led to the art of producing illuminated manuscripts; the embellished hand written books of medieval times and earlier, in Western Europe.
How and with what Materials have Initials been Painted in 13th Century Books? Many years ago I visited the old monastery Altzella in Saxony / Germany and found this display of materials to paint initials in books of the 13th century and took the photographs in this article.
The very famous German artist Albrecht Dürer, born in 1471 in Nuremberg within the Holy Roman Empire, is well known for his paintings and printmaking – especially Wood Cuts and Copper Engravings at the time of the High Renaissance. Miniaturist?