by: Ryan Toscano
His daily lifestyle still remains obscure to most historians, but the details in his artwork show that he ventured to Italy at least once or multiple times during his life span, and experiencing this trips influenced the way he constructed his artwork, drawings, and paintings, because he was able to see other types of new artwork that was evolving during the Renaissance time period. Most of the artwork that Oliver constructed were oil paintings, and mainly focused on three dimensional miniature portraits that derived from naturalism. Three of the most famous pieces of artwork from Oliver was Victoria and Albert, The Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth, and Amsterdam. During the beginning of his art career, his main patron was his mentor, Nicholas Hilliard, who was the one who taught him how to construct portraits, and inspire him to create this type of art. From these portraits, the two main Isms that were linked to his work was perspectivism, and naturalism. perspectivism shows up in his paintings when he uses this to create a three dimensional perspective of his portraits, in order to make his portraits as realistic as possible. Also, Naturalism is used to create the people in the portraits how they actually are, and what they actually look like in order to make his paintings look as realistic and as natural as possible.