November 29, 2023


masterpiece of human

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth 1

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth 1

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

I have made the decision a single way of blogging even though going for walks is to emphasis on artwork I see on my walks! So now it really is the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1!

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

This is an legendary painting. It was

  • formerly owned by kin of Sir Francis Drake. Nonetheless nobody is aware of who the artist was.
  • painted to memorialize the unsuccessful invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
  • mentioned to be a really great portrayal of the Tudor Queen.

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

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

The painting can be found in the Queen’s Existence Chamber in the Queen’s Residence at Greenwich – which has the most wonderful painted ceiling. This is the area in which she acquired considerable other folks – in significantly the exact way King Charles III received the new Key Minster Rishi Sunak yesterday.

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

The Queen’s Household was developed amongst 1616 and 1635 and is on (or around) the website of the first Palace of Placentia (this means “enjoyable spot”) also recognized 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 truly 3 surviving variations of the Armada Portrait. It was customary at the time of copies to be built of vital paintings.

  • the portray displayed at the Queen’s Property in Greenwich 
  • the model in the Woburn Abbey Assortment and 
  • a third, partly slice-down variation at the Countrywide Portrait Gallery in London.

Portraits of Elizabeth were being frequently commissioned as formal presents for overseas monarchs and favoured courtiers, even though other members of court docket would get versions to clearly show their devotion to her. If Elizabeth hoped to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish superpower, why stop at just one particular painting?