To examine the portraits of Elizabeth I is to witness the creation of the legend of the Virgin Queen, of Gloriana and her burgeoning empire. The history of the portraiture is that of the deliberate manufacture of an image powerful enough to hold together a people divided by both rigid hierarchy and religious belief. When Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, her subjects had an all-too-vivid memory of military defeat and religious turmoil. Restoring stability to the kingdom involved the image of the Queen herself—over the years, she was transmuted from an elegant aristocrat into a cosmic vision. In Gloriana, Roy Strong provides a richly detailed analysis of all the major portraits.
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“A work of immense beauty and precision in which the text completely lives up to the many and admirable reproductions... a real triumph of scholarship.” -- PunchAbout the Author:
Sir Roy Strong was educated at the University of London, and the Warburg Institute. He joined the staff of the National Portrait Gallery in 1959 and became its Director from 1967 to 1973. He was Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987 when he resigned to become a full-time writer, broadcaster and consultant. His books include The Story of Britain and The Spirit of Britain, and most recently Feast (Jonathan Cape, 2002).
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Descrizione libro Random House UK, 2003. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11071260944X
Descrizione libro Random House UK. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 071260944X New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0956623