Friday, February 1, 2013

The Virgin Queen (Virginia) - Elizabeth I 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