Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Elizabeth I 1600c.

 English School 

Portrait of Elizabeth I,  English School
Oil on Panel
17th Century
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This portrait of Elizabeth is a variant painted at the turn of the sixteenth/ seventeenth centuries and perpetuates the ageless image of the Queen that had become fixed as the official iconography by that date. The face is angular and masklike and is the visage of an icon, whilst the eye is bewitched and dazzled by a mass of jewellery, pearls and embroideries. By images such as these and by a hundred comparable adorations in literature and engravings the loyalty of the subject was expressed as a near-religious devotion.
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