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Isaac Oliver (circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter
Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 71 portraits
Oliver was born in Rouen and appears to have trained as an artist before he came to England with his family as a Huguenot refugee. Isaac Oliver learnt the art of miniature painting from Nicholas Hilliard but unlike Hilliard, and perhaps as a result of studying continental art, he used light and shade (chiaroscuro) to develop a softer, more illusionistic style. Oliver was appointed miniaturist to Anne of Denmark, wife of James I.
by Isaac Oliver
watercolour on vellum, circa 1590
On display at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK in the exhibition 'Self'