Isaac Oliver

English Painter


Oliver was born in Rouen, France sometime between 1560-65. His actual birth date is unknown. He spent most of his life in London after his parents took him there as a child. He trained under Nicholas Hillard, a renowned English writer. He had 3 wives and 6 children. Oliver mainly painted portraits of women and children. He has hundreds of art pieces but three of his works include Diana, A seated woman, and Bust of a Woman. He worked for the public, doing self portraits for the wealthy. Most of Oliver's work displays humanism and naturalism. He displays a variety of people with emphasize on their features which displays humanism. He also often displays naturalism by using lights and darks to emphasize emotion.
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The Entombment, Christ supported by four Disciples, being carried to the tomb

This is a piece created by Oliver sometime in either the late 16th century to the early 17th century. It is now located in the British Museum. He used simple colors just white, black chalk and black ink and gray wash. The piece portrays Christ being carried to his tomb. The dark colors and shading sets the mood in an effortless kind of way. The are many varied expressions showed in this piece but most show fear or pain. It is a very simple piece but it has a lot of emotion. Humanism or Naturalism are very prominent in this piece. I think this because it portrays people and it shows their emotions and characteristics very well. But it also has a lot of aspects of naturalism like using lights and darks to emphasize emotion. I think it is interesting how you can show so much feeling using just black and white. You can see that each person is very unique and it seems as if they are all having their own thoughts.

Today you can find it at the British Museum.