The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth 1

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth 1

We visited the Queen’s Residence at Greenwich nowadays and viewed the artwork.

I’ve determined a single way of running a blog even though going for walks is to concentrate on artwork I see on my walks! So currently it’s the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1!

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

This is an iconic portray. It was

  • previously owned by family members of Sir Francis Drake. Nevertheless no one is familiar with who the artist was.
  • painted to memorialize the unsuccessful invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
  • stated to be a incredibly excellent portrayal of the Tudor Queen.

It portrays Elizabeth in all her finery. So I took some near-ups of sections of the portrait to highlight how these factors have been painted.

Encounter of Queen Elizabeth 1 and ruff
Armada Portrait – Bows and Jewels
Component of the ornamented sleeve

The portray can be viewed in the Queen’s Presence Chamber in the Queen’s House at Greenwich – which has the most fabulous painted ceiling. This is the area in which she acquired major other individuals – in considerably the exact way King Charles III acquired the new Primary Minster Rishi Sunak yesterday.

The Queen’s Presence Area – with the Armada Portrait, portrait of Sir Francis Drake
and painted ceiling

The Queen’s Household was created among 1616 and 1635 and is on (or in close proximity to) the site of the initial Palace of Placentia (meaning “enjoyable spot”) also regarded as Greenwich Palace which was the birthplace of both of those Queen Elizabeth 1 (b. 7 September 1533) and King Henry VIII (b. 28 June 1491).

There are basically 3 surviving variations of the Armada Portrait. It was customary at the time of copies to be produced of vital paintings.

  • the painting displayed at the Queen’s Household in Greenwich 
  • the edition in the Woburn Abbey Collection and 
  • a 3rd, partly lower-down variation at the Countrywide Portrait Gallery in London.

Portraits of Elizabeth had been typically commissioned as formal presents for foreign monarchs and favoured courtiers, while other customers of courtroom would purchase versions to clearly show their devotion to her. If Elizabeth hoped to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish superpower, why halt at just 1 portray?

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