Events


Miniatures From The Time of Marie Antoinette
Exhibition 7th-13th November 2012
Philip Mould and Company
29 Dover Street, London.
W1S 4NA
Admission Free
www.philipmould.com

EUROPEAN PORTRAIT MINIATURES
ARTISTS, FUNCTIONS AND COLLECTIONS

International conference at the Residence Museum in Celle, Germany
from January 25 to 27, 2013



Opening of the Exhibition
"Miniatures of the time of
Marie-Antoinette from the
Tansey Collection"
on January 25, 2013
at the Bomann-Museum in Celle




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Welcome to The Tansey Collection Of Miniatures


The gradually increasing demand for miniature portraits in the second half of the 18th century led to an unparalleled productivity throughout Europe during the Empire and “Biedermeier“ period. More and more artists specialized on miniature portrait painting and refined their techniques. Apart from a few exceptions the miniatures were painted on thin ivory sheets, which made an excellent support for reproducing the sitters’ hands and faces. Their patrons’ demand for large-scale portraits painted in the miniature technique made the artists develop ingenious methods which enabled them to paint the flesh parts on the ivory sheets despite their restricted format.

Since painting a miniature showing not only the sitter’s bust but half of his/her body including an extravagant wardrobe, a rich interior or a romantic landscape in the background was a very time-consuming task, lavishly framed high quality miniatures remained a luxury item.