Portraits by French artist Jean Fouquet. Living from 1420 to 1481, he was on the cusp of the Renaissance as it came in. The gentlemen in red, blue and gold immaculately well behaved but the lady posing as the Virgin Mary being the mistress of the gentleman in the other picture . . . whether that’s his baby she is holding we don’t get to know . . . . .more’s the pity. . .

"Étienne Chevalier and Saint Stephen." 1452-58.
“Étienne Chevalier and Saint Stephen.” 1452-58. Oil on oak wood. Collection of the Gemäldegalerie der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean_Fouquet_006.jpg.
"Madonna lactans." (Agnes Sorel). 1452-58.
“Madonna lactans.” (Agnes Sorel). 1452-58. Oil on panel. Collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fouquet_Madonna.jpg
Charles VII of France. 1445-50.
Charles VII of France. 1445-50. Oil on panel. Collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KarlVII.jpg

Royalty in a time of living large, before Instagram and all that . . . Pierre Tetar van Elven, Dutch artist (1828-1908). Mostly painted other things . . .I have a sneaking suspicion that like John Singer Sargent and Laurits Tuxen these were done to cover the rent and the wine with the others done for joy . . .

"The baptism of King Carlos I of Portugal." 1863.
“The baptism of King Carlos I of Portugal.” 1863. Oil on canvas.
"Fête de nuit aux Tuileries, le 10 juin 1867." 1867.
“Fête de nuit aux Tuileries, le 10 juin 1867.” 1867. Depiction of an evening party during the Exposition Universelle which happened in Paris that year. Oil on canvas.

Both paintings in the public domain because the painter has been dead for 90 years. They can be found in a variety of places on the internet but I found them here http://godsandfoolishgrandeur.blogspot.com/2018/11/moments-private-moments-very-public.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GodsAndFooli where you can also find details the various works with another one included. Enjoy!

Home decor by Gothic Revival designer William Burges . .. . or there’s not a drawing room in the land that a little gold and glitz won’t help . . .

Day nursery fireplace, Cardiff Castle, Wales. 1885-95.
Day nursery fireplace with the figure of Fame surrounded by painted tile murals of fairy and adventure stories. Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales. Photo credit: Jacqueline Banerjee. via http://www.victorianweb.org/art/architecture/burges/10nursery.html.
"Sleeping  Beauty." Painted on the headboard of a bed designed by Burges by Henry Holiday. 1867.
“Sleeping Beauty.” Painted on the headboard of a bed designed by Burges by Henry Holiday. 1867. On display at The Higgins museum and gallery, Bedford. Cc license 1.0. via commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SleepingBeautyHoliday.JPG.
Decoration of an angel holding a shield (detail). Banqueting Hall, Cardiff Castle. 1880's
Angel holding a shield. Carved beam decoration (detail). Banqueting Hall, Cardiff Castle. 1885-1895. Photo credit: Banjeree and Robert Friedus. via http://www.victorianweb.org/art/architecture/burges/10.html.
Cup. 1863-64. Silver and parcel-gilt set with applied ornament and enameled.
Cup. 1863-64. Silver and parcel-gilt set with applied ornament and enameled. Made by Charles Hart of Joseph Hart and Son to a Burges design. Museum #CIRC.858-1956. Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O95756/cup-burges-william-ara/

Seventeenth century European ladies with ruffs. Having to be restarched for each wearing, they became a major status symbol. Social climbers but a princess in the bunch.

Portrait of a Daughter of Dieterich Bromsen. ca. 1638.
Portrait of a Daughter of Dieterich Bromsen. ca. 1638. Michael Conrad Hirt, artist (1613-1671). Collection of the Dayton Art Institute. Image via commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27Portrait_of_a_Daughter_of_Dieterich_Bromsen%27_by_Michael_Conrad_Hirt,_Dayton_Art_Institute.jpg
Probably Theodora van Duvenvoorde. 1620.
Probably Theodora van Duvenvoorde. 1620. Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt, painter. Collection of the Museo del Prado. via commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mierevelt-retrato_de_una_señora-prado.jpg.
Elizabeth I of England. ca. 1575.
Elizabeth I of England. ca. 1575. the Darnley portrait. Artist not known. Collection of the National Portrait Gallery. via commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Darnley_stage_3.jpg

All works in the public domain.