The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth 1

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

I have made a decision one particular way of blogging whilst going for walks is to target on artwork I see on my walks! So currently it really is the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1!

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

This is an legendary painting. It was

  • beforehand owned by kinfolk of Sir Francis Drake. However no one appreciates who the artist was.
  • painted to memorialize the failed invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
  • said to be a incredibly fantastic portrayal of the Tudor Queen.

It portrays Elizabeth in all her finery. So I took some close-ups of sections of the portrait to emphasize how these facets had been painted.

Face of Queen Elizabeth 1 and ruff
Armada Portrait – Bows and Jewels
Aspect of the ornamented sleeve

The portray can be noticed in the Queen’s Presence Chamber in the Queen’s Home at Greenwich – which has the most fabulous painted ceiling. This is the space in which she been given substantial other people – in substantially the exact way King Charles III been given the new Key Minster Rishi Sunak yesterday.

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

The Queen’s Household was crafted between 1616 and 1635 and is on (or near) the site of the initial Palace of Placentia (which means “pleasant area”) also identified as Greenwich Palace which was the birthplace of equally Queen Elizabeth 1 (b. 7 September 1533) and King Henry VIII (b. 28 June 1491).

There are essentially 3 surviving variations of the Armada Portrait. It was customary at the time of copies to be designed of important paintings.

  • the painting shown at the Queen’s Household in Greenwich 
  • the variation in the Woburn Abbey Selection and 
  • a third, partly slash-down variation at the Countrywide Portrait Gallery in London.

Portraits of Elizabeth were normally commissioned as formal items for overseas monarchs and favoured courtiers, when other members of court would purchase versions to show their devotion to her. If Elizabeth hoped to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish superpower, why halt at just one portray?

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