The Easel

Archives: The Literary Review

12th February 2019

Head and Shoulders above the Rest

Why should the “glorious” miniatures of an Elizabethan court painter be of interest to an audience broader than art historians? The answer in a “definitive” biography is that Hilliard not only helped define the English identity but also built a strong “European” reputation. For one writer Hilliard’s cosmopolitan outlook is apposite when confronting the “sad and disorienting effects of Brexit”.