Photographing the Project II

In this post we continue looking at photography of the portraits in our Unwrapping an Icon project. Sir William Stirling Maxwell was a pioneer of photography of art and the reproduction of art through techniques that were then new and experimental. As mentioned in our introductory post for this blog, his Annals of the Artists … Continue reading Photographing the Project II

Reconstructing the Veil

In this post we present a one-minute film made by Joe Briffa during the Unwrapping an Icon Dress and Jewellery Workshop at the V&A in February this year. In it Hilary Davidson, a fashion historian and curator from the University of Sydney, gives her interpretation of the veil depicted in the portrait of the Lady in a Fur … Continue reading Reconstructing the Veil

Examining an ‘Arranged Pair’: the Portraits of Philip II and Anne of Austria

This month has seen further technical examination of two of the Stirling Maxwell Collection portraits in the ‘Unwrapping an Icon’ project. This is to help us to deepen our understanding of the techniques and materials being used in the studio of Alonso Sánchez Coello in sixteenth-century Spain and to compare our findings with those for … Continue reading Examining an ‘Arranged Pair’: the Portraits of Philip II and Anne of Austria