Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots
by and published by Thomas de Leu
line engraving, late 16th century
5 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (148 mm x 98 mm) paper size
Sitterback to top
- Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), Reigned 1542-67. Sitter associated with 151 portraits.
This portraitback to top
It is not clear whether this print was produced during Mary's lifetime or not, but it appears to be based in a general way on a combination of the Hilliard miniature (illustrated on the text panel) and François Clouet's drawing of the Queen in white mourning. It testifies to the continuing interest in Mary felt in France after her departure from that country. The verse below the portrait, on the theme of beauty and nobility afflicted by danger and misfortune, exemplifies the way in which many of Mary's Catholic supporters abroad regarded her life.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Mary, Queen of Scots: Fact and Fiction (24 August 2002 - 5 May 2003)
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.
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