The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth 1

We frequented the Queen’s Household at Greenwich nowadays and seen the artwork.

I have determined one way of running a blog whilst strolling is to aim on artwork I see on my walks! So nowadays it truly is the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1!

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I


This is an legendary portray. It was

  • earlier owned by family of Sir Francis Drake. Nonetheless no person is aware who the artist was.
  • painted to memorialize the failed invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
  • explained to be a really good portrayal of the Tudor Queen.

It portrays Elizabeth in all her finery. So I took some shut-ups of sections of the portrait to spotlight how these factors were being painted.

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

The portray can be observed in the Queen’s Presence Chamber in the Queen’s Residence at Greenwich – which has the most incredible painted ceiling. This is the home in which she acquired sizeable other individuals – in substantially the very same way King Charles III gained the new Key Minster Rishi Sunak yesterday.

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

The Queen’s House was constructed concerning 1616 and 1635 and is on (or in the vicinity of) the site of the initial Palace of Placentia (that means “pleasurable location”) also known as Greenwich Palace which was the birthplace of each Queen Elizabeth 1 (b. 7 September 1533) and King Henry VIII (b. 28 June 1491).

There are really three surviving versions of the Armada Portrait. It was customary at the time of copies to be manufactured of crucial paintings.

  • the portray exhibited at the Queen’s Home in Greenwich 
  • the variation in the Woburn Abbey Assortment and 
  • a 3rd, partly reduce-down variation at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Portraits of Elizabeth were being frequently commissioned as official presents for international monarchs and favoured courtiers, whilst other members of court docket would get variations to demonstrate their devotion to her. If Elizabeth hoped to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish superpower, why prevent at just one painting?

Angelia S. Rico

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