Isaac Oliver By: Jordan leveille

Isaac Oliver’s birth year is unknown, but historians believe he was born around 1560 in Rouen, France. Isaac's parents brought him to London, England as a young child, and he ended up spending the majority of his time during his life and throughout his prime in his career there.

In the 1580s Isaac finished his tuition under the English practitioner Nicholas Hilliard where he learned techniques of limning. Isaac was Nicholas’ scholar and became a feared rival in the Court and in high class society. In 1602 he became Marcus Gheeraerts brother in-law, and in 1606 he became allies with an immigrant French musician family employed in the Court. He also made drawings and they usually were of religious subjects, and he did a lot of portraits for his patrons.

Naturalism and Secularism are most closely linked to this individual because he painted and drew pictures with landscapes and natural light, and secularism because he painted portraits of important people and events.

Isaac created drawings and paintings such as “A Seated Women”, “Diana”, and “A Woman Leaning on a Pedestal”.

Some of his patrons were Earl of Essex in the 1590s, Prince Henry in 1609, and Prince Charles in 1612. He was also appointed limner to Queen Anne in 1605.

The name of the piece is “ Diana”, and it was created in the late 16th-early 17th Century. It is currently kept in the British Museum, which is on Great Russell Street in London, England.

I find this piece interesting because it uses such a simple design, but it stresses such a large and important idea. It uses symbolism to intrigue you, and I find the more you stare and gaze at the piece, the more detail you notice and the more the woman comes alive off the paper.

Idealism is the most Renaissance ideal that is most closely linked to this piece of art because it is a simple painting and gives you a clear picture of what is happening, but at the same time it has many layers and shows different and diverse sections throughout the piece. It stresses the idea of a perfect world or idea, and it shows the idea of an eternal order.

The crescent moon in her headdress signifies that she is the goddess Diana, and it was unusual because it was painted on a cambric rather than a vellum support, which was more traditional for artwork in his time period.

This painting is a portrait of a very beautiful woman who by the clothing she wears, is very wealthy. She looks happy in this picture because she wears a faint smile and her head is slightly turned to the side. The paint seems very dark and mysterious, but her facial expressions show the complete opposite. She looks healthy and well taken care of due to her body shape and figure, which is not bone skinny and too thin. She is a goddess like figure and looks like royalty according to this painting.


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