The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

From 1570 – 1620 one can chart the ‘Elizabethan building boom’[1]. Here, we see an unprecedented rise in the building of ‘proud, ambitious heaps’[2] and the beginnings of the ‘architect’ as an entity in the cultural, economic and social landscape. Architectural historian Sir John Summerson credits ‘the most daring of all English buildings’[3] as the … Continue reading The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – Taste, Influence and Personal Preference

In 19th century England the fact remained that Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, consort to Queen Victoria, was a ‘foreign’ German prince1. Parliament had been cautious, reigning in Prince Albert’s allowance of Royal privileges, one of which included holding back the title ‘Prince Consort’ and another saw the strings to the royal purse being … Continue reading Prince Albert: Patron & Collector – Taste, Influence and Personal Preference

In the Frame: Botticelli’s Primavera

Sandro Botticelli (1445 - 1510) paints Primavera in the second half of the 15th century, Florence - speculated to be the year 1482. Here, he works on a commission from his principal patrons, the Medici dynasty, having found favour with it’s burgeoning intelligentsia. Botticelli presents Primavera as a large-scale mythological painting playing on popular literary, … Continue reading In the Frame: Botticelli’s Primavera