Photographer's Note

I liked the contrast of the lavish dress of Queen Elizabeth I and the view of the modern girl.

The painting shows so called Armada portrait that is displayed in the Queen's House in Greenwich.

"The portrait is a carefully calculated piece of propaganda, filled with symbolism and hidden meaning.
Behind Elizabeth are two seascapes. On the left, the English fleet prepare for battle in calm waters. On the right, the Spanish Armada are battered by English storms, their fleet in total disarray. In this portrait, Elizabeth turns her back on the Spanish struggle, and faces towards the calm sea.
Elizabeth’s clothing is incredibly lavish, indicating her immense wealth and fine taste. The black and white of Elizabeth’s dress represented eternal virginity.
The pearls which drip from her clothing also suggest purity and chastity: there is no denying that this is The Virgin Queen.Elizabeth’s skirt and sleeves are embroidered gold with numerous suns, and her extraordinary ruff fills a circular shape, emulating rays of sunshine emerging from a sun – which is, in this case, the face of Elizabeth I, a source of warmth and benevolence.The objects which surround her convey important messages, too. In the bottom right is a mermaid, a creature believed to tempt sailors to perilous waters, perhaps representing Elizabeth’s power over the Spanish sailors.The globe on which Elizabeth’s right hand rests indicates England’s dominion of the seas and expansion into the New World. Elizabeth’s finger even points towards the first English colony in the Americas, on Roanoke Island, which had been established three years before in 1587. This is now North Carolina, but was then Virginia, named after this Virgin Queen."

(I have found this interesting analysis here:

The close ups of the portrait in two Workshops.

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