The Elizabethan Miniature

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Rather than focusing on the technical aspects of miniature production, or even on the achievements of particular artists or the peculiarities of their style, this chapter on the Elizabethan Miniature seeks to understand the cultural and ideological function of the miniature's diminutive aesthetic. It approaches the miniature via a certain deliberate circumlocution-looking first at its antithesis, the monument, in order to argue that it is only via such an oblique approach that can be began to make a more momentous pronouncement on the miniature than to reiterate the well-worn axiom that at its finest, the early modern English miniature is jewel-like and exquisite. The miniature epitomizes both the ideological and technical problems presented by portraiture in early modern England. After the zenith of its achievement, the miniature continued to develop as an art form in England even as its supremacy was supplanted by larger paintings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to British Art
Subtitle of host publication1600 to the Present
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781405136297
StatePublished - Feb 21 2013


  • Aesthetics
  • Elizabethan Miniature
  • English portraiture
  • Modern England
  • Painting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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