The Elizabethan Image: An Introduction to English Portraiture 1558 to 1603 by Roy Strong.
From celebrated portraits of Queen Elizabeth and paintings of knights and courtiers, to works depicting an aspiring 'middle class', Sir Roy Strong presents a detailed and authoritative examination of one of the most fascinating periods of British culture. Enriching previous perceptions and ways of seeing the Elizabethans in their world, he reveals an age parallel in many ways to our own - a country aspiring professionally and changing socially. The gaze is from the inside, capturing the knights, melancholy lovers, court favourites and their 'Gloriana' - as they mirrored and made themselves.
Beginning with the great portrait of the queen in grand procession with her Garter Knights, Strong pinpoints the characters and key motifs that run through the rest of the book: chivalry, changes to the social order, emblems and imagery - the full richness of the Elizabethan imagination. These pictures are a glimpse into private worlds and speak eloquently for the people who paid for, painted and lived among them, reversing an academic tendency to treat the portraits as if they had a life of their own, not grounded by the real people who commissioned them.
The Elizabethan Image concludes with the famous and complex 'Rainbow Portrait', unpicking the iconography of this painting of an ageless Elizabeth in her 'Mask of Youth'. Within a year of its completion, the queen was dead.
Format: Paperback: 224 pages
Dimensions: 19.2 x 25.5 x 1.9cm
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