In this portrait of the queen, aged about 41, she is treated almost like a religious icon. Elaborate symbolism and rich detail show off her status and royal qualities. Her figure is stylised and her face mask-like. the mother pelican on her brooch is a traditional Christian symbol of Christ's sacrifice. It was believed that the pelican fed her young with her own blood. Here such a symbol refers to Elizabeth's role as a mother to her people. Hilliard was miniature painter to Elizabeth I (a style also known as 'limning'). This work relates closely to his miniature portrait of 1572 but might be a follower using Hilliard's designs.
Challenge yourself with this 1000 piece, intricate jigsaw showing the full length portrait.
Dimensions: Assembled size 66 x 50cm
Fabric: Recycled Board
Brand: National Museums Liverpool
Made in the UK
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