Isaac Oliver was born in Rouen, France (1565-1617). Although he spent most of his life in London. Isaac was taught the art of miniature painting by Nicholas Hilliard. He married the daughter of another very well known painter. Oliver won renown and royal patronage for his miniatures, including portraits and religious and classical scenes. He had a naturalistic style and his paintings were largely influenced by Flemish and Italian origin. He was a well known portrait painter. Some of his works include, “Portrait watercolor on vellum”, “Portrait of a Young Gentleman”, and “Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I”. His patron was a man named James the 1st.
Oliver, Isaac. Portrait Miniature of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex c. 1600, Bodycolour and brush and grey ink on vellum, stuck onto card, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B1974.2.75
The name of this piece is "Portrait Miniature of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex". Made in 1600. Today, this you can see this piece in the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection. There were no new techniques that this piece represented. This piece is so detailed and carefully done. Though, it is clearly a very old representation of a man, it is still a beautiful piece of art. From the detail of his face to every small stroke to make the hair, it is all fascinatingly well done. A piece of art clearly done by a talented and practiced artist. The fact that this portrait isn't missing a single detail fascinates me. It is so interesting to see every small brush stroke and carefully chosen line to create a final product that shines with beauty. Because this is a portrait of someone, and is not tied into religion or any type of god this piece of art represents humanism.
"Isaac Oliver." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 13 Feb. 2014. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.
"The Berger Collection." Berger Collection (BCET) | Collection: Isaac Oliver (ca. 1565- 1617). N.p., 2016. Web. 01 Dec. 2016.