A previously unknown painting of Elizabeth I attributed to the miniaturist Isaac Oliver has been acquired by London’s National Portrait Gallery.
The small painting – the size of a postcard – will go on show as part of a major new exhibition, Elizabeth I and Her People, where it will be displayed alongside a selection of portraits of Elizabeth I. Seen together, they will show how the Queen established, during a reign of nearly 50 years, an image of a strong and powerful female monarch.
An unusual allegorical painting, the portrait is a reworking of the classical story of the Judgment of Paris upon the goddesses of marriage, war and love. In the guise of Paris, the Queen is represented as both judge and winner, retaining for herself the prize of the golden apple.… [continue reading]