Conveying Cures

Wellcome Western Ms. 213, Liber Comitissae Arundeliae, London, Wellcome Collection

Lady Arundel’s collection of recipes consists primarily of remedies for a wide variety of diseases. The collection goes back to a handwritten book that Aletheia Talbot received as a wedding gift in 1606 from her mother-in-law Anne Dacre Howard, Countess of Arundel, now named Wellcome Western Ms. 213. Continue reading “Conveying Cures”

Lady Arundel 1654–2054

Peter Paul Rubens, Lady Arundel (Detail), 1620, München, Alte Pinakothek

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.

Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel 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 impressive art collections of the period.