after Johannes Corvus
oil on panel, late 16th century
26 1/4 in. x 18 in. (667 mm x 457 mm)
Bequeathed by Thomas Kerslake, 1891
This portraitback to top
This late sixteenth-century portrait is a version derived from a design by the artist Johannes Corvus in the first half of the century. It was common for patterns to be copied and reproduced in this way in the Tudor period. The painting shown alongside is a much later version of the same portrait type, demonstrating that there was also a demand for copies of Tudor portraits into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Unfortunately, like many paintings on wooden panel, this portrait has suffered from paint loss and vertical splits in the wood over time. It would originally have been very colourful and eye-catching. Some of this detail is still visible, for example in the shield in the background and the lettering.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 227
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 125
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1570back to top
Current affairsPope Pius V issues a Papal 'bull' excommunicating Queen Elizabeth I from the Catholic Church. The bull provokes widespread anti-Catholicism in England.
Elizabeth contemplates marriage with either Charles, Archduke of Austria or Henri, Duke of Anjou.
Art and sciencePublication of The Scholemaster by the royal tutor Roger Ascham, which popularises the educational views of the English nobility.
The mathematician and antiquary John Dee's preface to the first English translation of Euclid's Elements of Geometrie anticipates the experimental science of the seventeenth century.
The Italian architect Andrea Palladio published I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture).
InternationalTreaty of St Germain-en-Laye ends the Third War of Religion in France. Huguenots (French Protestants) are granted religious freedom and the Huguenot leader Admiral Gaspard de Coligny becomes a dominant force at court.
The Treaty of Stettin - Denmark agrees to recognise the independence of Sweden and Sweden abandons its claim to Norway.
Ivan IV (the Terrible), Tsar of Russia, oversees the Massacre of Novgorod.