About the Project

Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel, who died in 1654, was one of the great European collectors of the seventeenth century. The first English woman to have lived in Italy has been portrayed by the most important painters of her time. With her death in Amsterdam began the dispersion of one of the most impressing art collections of the period.

This blog is dedicated to the extraordinary life and the times of Lady Arundel in preparation for the 400th anniversary of her death in 2054. It presents the results of a research project concluded at the University of Bern in 2017 as well as new insights and ideas for the celebration of the anniversary of the fascinating person of Lady Arundel.

Lucas Vorsterman after Anthony van Dyck, Portrait of Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel, and Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, 1640-50, Engraving, 309×428 mm, London, British Museum, Inv. 1853,0112.1701