Elizabeth Goldring introduces her new, critically acclaimed biography of Nicholas Hilliard (c.1547-1619), whose portrait miniatures defined his age. Hilliard’s sitters included Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, and James VI and I; royal favourites the earls of Essex and Leicester; Shakespeare’s patron the earl of Southampton; and explorers Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. Poets such as John Donne sang Hilliard’s praises, while other writers of the day hailed Hilliard as the founding father of British art. On the continent Hilliard counted the Medici, the Valois, and the Habsburgs among his many admirers. This talk brings to life the man as well as his art.
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Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist
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