Peter Lely

Un libro in lingua di Campbell Caroline (EDT) Dethloff Diana (CON) Hearn Karen (CON) Taylor David A. H. B. (CON) edito da Paul Holberton Pub, 2012

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Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) was Charles II's Principal Painter and the outstanding artistic figure of Restoration England. When Lely arrived in England in the early 1640s his ambition was to be a painter of narrative scenes and not to work as a portraitist. However, the 'subject pictures' did not find favour with many English patrons and he produced less than thirty. As Lely's friend Richard Lovelace explained, all they wanted was "their own dull counterfeits" or portraits of their mistresses. Thus, Lely was obliged to turn to portraiture to make a living. Yes, his poetic pictures of figures in idyllic landscapes are among the most beautiful paintings made in 17th-century England and this catalogue will be the first in-depth look at this important chapterof this major painter's career.

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