Sunday, September 6, 2015

Queen Elizabeth I - 1570s A public relations Goddess - with Ruff



1570s Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 unknown artist

By the 1570s, Elizabeth I had been transformed into an ageless goddess. Gone were the simple, human likenesses. The queen was now an untouchable symbol of power. Roses & prayer book props were joined by tools for building an empire - swords, globes, & crowns - swirling around a timeless depiction of virginity & purity decorated with sieves, moons & pearls. This queen was meant to be revered and to be unquestioningly followed, as she led England into the wider world.

1572 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 miniature portrait on vellum playing card by Nicholas Hilliard.



c 1575 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Pelican Portrait, attr to Nicholas Hilliard.



1575 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Darnley Portrait, by an unknown artist


1775 & 1600 Queen Elizabeth portrait based on 1575 original



1575 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Phoenix Portrait, attr to Nicholas Hilliard.



1575-80 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Schloss Ambras Portrait Unknown artist



1575-80 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603



1575-1578 Elizabeth attributed to Nicholas Hilliard



1579 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Plimpton Sieve Portrait by George Gover.  The sieve is a symbol of chastity & purity, originally taken from Petrarch's Triumph of Chastity. In the story, a Roman Vestal Virgin proves her purity by carrying water in a sieve & not spilling one drop. The sieve thus reinforces Elizabeth's image as "the virgin queen."



c 1580 The Kitchner Portrait of Elizabeth I



1580-85 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Peace Portrait, 1580-5, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder.



1580-90 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 In Parliament Robes



1580s Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 by John Bettes the Younger.



1580s Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 the Drewe Portrait



1583 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Sieve Portrait by Quentin Metsys the Younger.



1585 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Ermine Portrait, by Nicholas Hilliard.



1585 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 with a feather fan by an unknown artist.



1585 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 with feather fan by John Bettes the Younger.



c 1585-90 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 with a a reversed Darnley portrait face pattern & a feather fan by an unknown artist



1588 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 by George Gower



1588 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 The Armada Portrait unknown artist sometimes attr to George Gower. Detail



1590 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 Jesus College Oxford



1592 c Queen Elizabeth



1590-1600s Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 Jesus College Oxford



1590s Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 in old age, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger.



1595 Queen Elizabeth I 1533-1603 unknown artist English School


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