Friday, November 6, 2020

A Mystery in Miniature – Isaac Oliver, the Virginia Colonists and The Tempest

APOLLO MAGAZINE
By Alexander Marr
A Man Consumed by Flames (c. 1600–10; detail), Isaac Oliver. Ham House, Surrey. Photo: Ⓒ National Trust/Christopher Warleigh-Lack
LONDON--Isaac Oliver’s A Man Consumed by Flames (c. 1600–10) is one of the most admired and intriguing portrait miniatures of the English Renaissance. The miniature invites a series of paragoni (comparisons), between sculpture and painting, animacy and inertness, hot and cold. Indeed, as its motto proclaims in an elegant cursive script, Alget, qui non ardet: ‘He grows cold, who does not burn.’ But burn with what? [More]
A Man Consumed by Flames (c. 1600–10), Isaac Oliver. Ham House, Surrey. Photo: Ⓒ National Trust/Christopher Warleigh-Lack