Portrait of a Lady in Blue Holding a Flower: Peter Lely

Peter Lely: Portrait of a Lady in Blue Holding a Flower

Portrait of a Lady in Blue Holding a Flower is a 1660 painting by Peter Lely, said to be of Barbara Villiers. Lely was an artist of the English Restoration during which luxury and indulgence began to be celebrated again after the Puritan regime. Barbara Villiers was one of the more influential of Charles II’s mistresses and is painted here in an opulent blue dress. Peter Lely was Durch however spent the majority of his working life in Engalnd.

Peter Lely’s Portrait of a Lady in Blue Holding a Flower is in the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

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