Opulence and Intimacy from the Medici to the Romanovs

352pp 356 ILLUS (341 COLOUR) 2011 OUT OF PRINT AB27



From the Renaissance to the end of the Belle Epoque, cameo, intaglio and miniature portraits, prized as representations of eminent people or treasured as images of the beloved, have been enriched by jewelled frames in order to wear or display as precious objects. Here, Scarisbrick draws on her knowledge of jewellery, painting, history and literature to set the portrait jewels in the context of people’s lives, evoking five centuries of extraordinary events and personalities. The volume features prominent characters from politics, religion, history, literature and the arts, such as Queen Elizabeth I, Popes Clement XII and Pius VII, Voltaire and Lord Byron.