See the Met's miniatures

August 27 2014

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Picture: Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum in New York is puting its best portrait miniatures on display from 29th August to 31st December, including the above Holbein of Margaret More, daughter of Sir Thomas. Due to their fragile state, such things are not often shown:

This exhibition will comprise two groups of portrait miniatures: British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. All are from the Museum's permanent collection and, because of their sensitivity to light, are infrequently exhibited. Six larger paintings will be exhibited in order to consider what they may share with the miniatures and to show how they differ.

You can zoom in on Holbein's portrait of Margaret More's husband, William Roper, here.

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