Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Unknown Artist - The Darnley Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

Federigo Zuccaro (1540-1609) - The Darnley Portrait (Queen Elizabeth I) (1575)
Great Britain 4d Stamp Issued 1968
National Portrait Gallery, London
Note that this artist may not have been the painter of this important portrait of the queen, which was almost certainly created by the artist through a live sitting with the queen at the time.  This portrait is said to have started a trend in the composition of images of the virgin queen - she is portrayed in a very regal and serious manner, with pale features and ornate garments.

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