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Gloriana: The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I (1987)

by Roy Strong

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Interesting analysis of the portraits of Elizabeth I along with history tying the influences into the symbolism of her portraits. ( )
  AuntieClio | Dec 4, 2009 |
This excellent book, by the former Curator of the Victoria & Albert Museum and expert on sixteenth century painting analyzes the symbolism in the portraits of the Queen. Many of these portraits were made as political statements, and Strong relates the iconography of the paintings to the deliberately cultivated myth of Gloriana. ( )
  staffordcastle | Jul 13, 2009 |
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Every visitor to Windsor Castle is familiar with the portrait of Queen Elizabeth I as a princess.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 071260944X, Paperback)

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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