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Old 17-04-2014, 03:52 AM   #588
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Originally Posted by bikerdruid View Post
this place just get weirder and weirder.
- said the cop searching your basement.


Queen Elizabeth Lute Miniature,
Nicholas Hilliard, c. 1576
Below is another Nicholas Hilliard depiction of Elizabeth I from the
same period, known as The Pelican Portrait.

Elizabeth I: The Pelican Portrait, c1575, attributed to
Nicholas Hilliard.

[...]There is a closed imperial crown over each shoulder.
The crown is on top of both a rose (on the left) and a fleur-de-lys
(on the right.) These represent her dynastic claims to both
England and France.
The bolded sections above tell us that in 1575, symbolism was
used in this piece to denote Elizabeth's right to rule over both
England and France.

Is it just a coincidence that the 'two-face' pentimento portrait
of Elizabeth shown earlier (post #585), features a lady 'wearing
French hood' only fashionable at the same time (1570 - 1580)
that this French-themed Pelican Portrait was created (1575)?

Or was it designed from the outset so that its deteriorating paintwork
would eventually allow the unknown artist to make the same symbolic
point found in the Pelican Portrait; that the sovereign has two identities
- an English face and a French one?

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