Highlights from the Research
Research undertaken as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project has revealed unexpected information about some of the Gallery’s portraits.
The Queen’s Likeness: Portraits of Elizabeth I
During the course of her reign, Queen Elizabeth I became a public icon. Her likeness appeared on a large number of objects - from the coins in purses to large-scale painted portraits. These images were carefully designed and served as a tool to manipulate the public image of the queen.
Double Take: Versions and Copies of Tudor Portraits
In the sixteenth century, multiple versions and copies of portraits were frequently produced in order to satisfy demand for images of monarchs and prominent courtiers that often lasted long after the sitter’s death. Technical analysis has provided fascinating insight into the process by which these works were made.
Picturing History: A portrait set of early English kings and queens
This portrait set of English kings and queens is one of the most important surviving sets of its type. Probably painted between 1590 and 1620, it includes portraits of English rulers from William the Conqueror (1027-87) to Mary I (1516-58).
Two Portraits of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester
Considered side by side, these two portraits can be seen to represent the two major motivations for the production of Dudley’s portrait. Moreover, new technical analysis has done much to further our understanding of how these portraits were made, where they originally came from and what they looked like when they were first painted.