16th Century, Research

Tiny Marvels

Margherita Farnese?
Wax Miniatures

A few years ago I had a chance to go to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Amidst the Baroque art, circus memories, and lush grounds there was a small collection of miniatures that caught my eye.  At first glance I thought “Pift, I’ve seen Hillard’s work no one can compare.” Then I looked closer and realized they were not paintings but thin layers of carved colored wax. Some anonymous goldsmiths much have labored over these tiny palm sized marvels, rendering each curl of hair and tiny pearl before housing the final work in an elaborate gilt copper case.

I just came across the photos again and knew I had to share.

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