100px|Portrait of Henry, Prince of Wales, and John Harington, by Robert
Peake the Elder
Robert Peake the elder (c. 1551–1619) was an English painter active
in the later part of Elizabeth I's reign and for most of the reign of
James I. In 1604, he was appointed picture maker to the heir to the
throne, Prince Henry, and in 1607, serjeant-painter to King James I, a
post he shared with John De Critz. Peake is often called "the elder",
to distinguish him from his son, the painter and printseller William
Peake (c. 1580–1639) and from his grandson, Sir Robert Peake (c.
1605–1667), who followed his father into the family print-selling
business. Peake was the only English-born painter of a group of four
artists whose workshops were closely connected. The others were De
Critz, Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, and the miniature painter Isaac
Oliver. Between 1590 and about 1625, they specialised in brilliantly
coloured, full-length "costume pieces" (example pictured) that are
unique to England at this time. It is not always possible to attribute
authorship between Peake, De Critz, Gheeraerts and their assistants
with certainty. (more...)
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On the 50th anniversary of its founding, the European Coal and Steel
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the European Community.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
The act of deducing; a deduction or inference
Wikiquote quote of the day:
There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the
truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the
second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important
than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of
high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would
become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of
art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps
art from becoming ridiculous.
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