Gloriana: The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

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To examine the portraits of Elizabeth I is to witness the creation of the legend of the Virgin Queen, of Gloriana and her burgeoning empire. The history of the portraiture is that of the deliberate manufacture of an image powerful enough to hold together a people divided by both rigid hierarchy and religious belief. When Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, her subjects had an all-too-vivid memory of military defeat and religious turmoil. Restoring stability to the kingdom involved the image of the Queen ...

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Overview

To examine the portraits of Elizabeth I is to witness the creation of the legend of the Virgin Queen, of Gloriana and her burgeoning empire. The history of the portraiture is that of the deliberate manufacture of an image powerful enough to hold together a people divided by both rigid hierarchy and religious belief. When Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, her subjects had an all-too-vivid memory of military defeat and religious turmoil. Restoring stability to the kingdom involved the image of the Queen herself—over the years, she was transmuted from an elegant aristocrat into a cosmic vision. In Gloriana, Roy Strong provides a richly detailed analysis of all the major portraits.

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“A work of immense beauty and precision in which the text completely lives up to the many and admirable reproductions… a real triumph of scholarship.” -- Punch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780712609449
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 9
The Portraits
Princess Elizabeth, 1533-58 49
Early Portraits by Levina Teerlinc, 1558-76 55
Early Portraits of the Queen, 1558-72 59
Elizabeth as the Divine Fountain of the Realm, 1565 62
'Queen Elizabeth and the Three Goddesses', 1569 65
'The Allegory of the Tudor Succession', 1572? 71
Early Portraits by Nicholas Hilliard, 1572-6 79
Federigo Zuccaro's Visit to England, 1575, and the 'Darnley' Portrait 85
John Dee's 'General and Rare Memorials Pertayning to the Perfect Arte of Navigation', 1577 91
The 'Sieve' Portraits, 1579 95
The 'Sieve' Portraits, c. 1580-83 101
Hilliard and the Queen, 1578-90 109
The 'Ermine' Portrait, 1585 113
Portraits from an Elizabethan Workshop, c. 1580-90 117
The Origin of the Wearing of the Queen's Portrait, c. 1585 121
Cynthia, Queen of Seas and Lands, c. 1586/7-1603 125
The 'Armada' Portrait, 1588? 131
John Case's 'Sphaera Civitatis', 1588 133
The 'Ditchley' Portrait, c. 1592 135
Isaac Oliver and the Queen, c. 1592 143
Hilliard and the Mask of Youth, c. 1594-1603 147
The 'Procession' Picture, 'Eliza Triumphans', c. 1601 153
The 'Rainbow' Portrait, c. 1600-1603 157
Apotheosis 163
Notes 166
List of Illustrations 175
Index 179
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