Empress Elizabeth's Diamonds

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For a second time, five writers were invited to think about an item of clothing or an accessory that figures memorably in a work of art, be it in a book or film or painting. So Julian Barnes describes a particular hat, Daisy Goodwin thinks about diamonds, Michael Bracewell remembers a vivid suit. Then Antonia Quirke muses on a spy's coat and a white shirt sported by a rock-star is recalled by Susannah Frankel...

Daisy Goodwin is wowed by a set of stones that adorn
Empress Elizabeth of Austria, in a portrait by Winterhalter.
The portrait also has a tale to tell..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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Tue 12 Feb 2013 22:45

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