Edward Vi And Mary I 's Brief Reigns Essay

1940 Words Dec 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Edward VI and Mary I’s brief reigns combined with their lack of understanding on the impact of powerful visual imagery created a void in distinctive royal portraiture beginning from the time of their father’s passing. Henry VIII was portrayed as a fearless Warrior King and to much of the public was seen as such. This level of engrained iconography would not be present again until the reign of Henry VIII’s second wife’s daughter, Elizabeth I. When Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne, she was succeeding an unsuccessful regime led by her half-sister Mary I. Flattery was a key purpose of royal portraiture at the time and considering how Mary I was thought of as a failure, the two sisters were not compatible, and that Elizabeth represented contrast, it is evident that portraits of Queen Elizabeth I were purposely made to show a distinction between her and her predecessor, Mary I.
Artistic representations of the individual monarchs of the Tudor dynasty were apparent to the Queen. She was raised knowing the public image of her predecessors and when she proceeded through the streets of London during her coronation entry in January 1559, she experienced the tradition of witnessing painted images of her forerunners. Portraits of the Queen were mainly commissioned by courtiers and nobility so it was vital that the paintings included the utmost amount of flattery and did not contain any possible offensive suggestions. Elizabeth I was to known to be tremendously particular about how…

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