John Michael Wright

English Baroque Era Painter, ca.1617-1694,was a British baroque portrait painter. Wright trained in Edinburgh under the Scots painter George Jamesone, and acquired a considerable reputation as an artist and scholar during a long sojourn in Rome. There he was admitted to the Accademia di San Luca, and was associated with some of the leading artists of his generation. He was engaged by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, the governor of the Spanish Netherlands, to acquire artworks in Oliver Cromwell's England in 1655. He took up permanent residence in England from 1656, and served as court painter before and after the English Restoration. A convert to Roman Catholicism, he was a favourite of the restored Stuart court, a client of both Charles II and James II, and was a witness to many of the political manoeuvrings of the era. In the final years of the Stuart monarchy he returned to Rome as part of an embassy to Pope Innocent XI. Wright is currently rated as one of the leading indigenous British painters of his generation and largely for the distinctive realism in his portraiture. Perhaps due to the unusually cosmopolitan nature of his experience, he was favoured by patrons at the highest level of society in an age in which foreign artists were usually preferred. Wright's paintings of royalty and aristocracy are included amongst the collections of many leading galleries today.

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John Michael Wright The Family of Sir Robert Vyner seated before the garden at Swakeleys oil painting


The Family of Sir Robert Vyner seated before the garden at Swakeleys
Painting ID::  48441
Artist: John Michael Wright
Painting: The Family of Sir Robert Vyner seated before the garden at Swakeleys
Introduction: mk190 Middlesex 1673
   
   
     

John Michael Wright unknown scottish chieftain, c. oil painting


unknown scottish chieftain, c.
Painting ID::  64319
Artist: John Michael Wright
Painting: unknown scottish chieftain, c.
Introduction: 1660 edinburgh,national portrait gallery
   
   
     

John Michael Wright Painting by John Michael Wright of Catherine Cecil and James Cecil, oil painting


Painting by John Michael Wright of Catherine Cecil and James Cecil,
Painting ID::  73587
Artist: John Michael Wright
Painting: Painting by John Michael Wright of Catherine Cecil and James Cecil,
Introduction: Painting by John Michael Wright (1617?C1694) of Catherine Cecil and James Cecil, later 4th Earl of Salisbury. 1669(1669) cjr
   
   
     

John Michael Wright Catherine and James Cecil oil painting


Catherine and James Cecil
Painting ID::  75207
Artist: John Michael Wright
Painting: Catherine and James Cecil
Introduction: English: Painting by John Michael Wright (1617-1694) of Catherine Cecil and James Cecil, later 4th Earl of Salisbury. Date 1669 cyf
   
   
     

John Michael Wright James Cecil by John Michael Wright oil painting


James Cecil by John Michael Wright
Painting ID::  75208
Artist: John Michael Wright
Painting: James Cecil by John Michael Wright
Introduction: English: Painting by John Michael Wright (1617-1694) of Catherine Cecil and James Cecil, later 4th Earl of Salisbury: detail, James Cecil only. Date 1669 cyf
   
   
     

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     English Baroque Era Painter, ca.1617-1694,was a British baroque portrait painter. Wright trained in Edinburgh under the Scots painter George Jamesone, and acquired a considerable reputation as an artist and scholar during a long sojourn in Rome. There he was admitted to the Accademia di San Luca, and was associated with some of the leading artists of his generation. He was engaged by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, the governor of the Spanish Netherlands, to acquire artworks in Oliver Cromwell's England in 1655. He took up permanent residence in England from 1656, and served as court painter before and after the English Restoration. A convert to Roman Catholicism, he was a favourite of the restored Stuart court, a client of both Charles II and James II, and was a witness to many of the political manoeuvrings of the era. In the final years of the Stuart monarchy he returned to Rome as part of an embassy to Pope Innocent XI. Wright is currently rated as one of the leading indigenous British painters of his generation and largely for the distinctive realism in his portraiture. Perhaps due to the unusually cosmopolitan nature of his experience, he was favoured by patrons at the highest level of society in an age in which foreign artists were usually preferred. Wright's paintings of royalty and aristocracy are included amongst the collections of many leading galleries today.