"Nicholas Hilliard" by Elizabeth Goldring

Nicholas Hilliard Life of an Artist Elizabeth Goldring

Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
14 Feb 2019
ISBN:
9780300241426
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
416 pages: 254 x 203mm
Illustrations:
250 color illus.

This illustrated biography follows Nicholas Hilliard’s long and remarkable life (c. 1547–1619) from the West Country to the heart of the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts. It showcases new archival research and stunning images, many reproduced in color for the first time. Hilliard’s portraits—some no larger than a watch-face—have decisively shaped perceptions of the appearances and personalities of many key figures in one of the most exciting, if volatile, periods in British history. His sitters included Elizabeth I, James I, and Mary, Queen of Scots; explorers Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh; as well as members of the emerging middle class from which he himself hailed. Hilliard counted the Medici, the Valois, the Habsburgs, and the Bourbons among his continental European patrons and admirers. Published to mark the 400th anniversary of Hilliard’s death, this is the definitive biography of one of Britain’s most notable artists.

Elizabeth Goldring is an honorary associate professor at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.