A Crisis in Regal Identity: The Dichotomy Between Levinia Teerlinc’s (1520-1576) Private and Public Images of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

by Faust, Kimberly M.

Abstract (Summary)
During the sovereignty of Queen Elizabeth I, Levinia Teerlinc, a Netherlandish artist, was the only working female painter in England, allowing her artistic influence to flourish. She introduced the portrait miniature to Queen Elizabeth I. History brought these two women together – both of whom had a keen understanding of the role that representation through regal identity could play. This thesis will emphasize feminist, socio-political, and historical analyses to explore Teerlinc’s portrait miniatures and manuscript illuminations of the Queen and the image of the monarch these paintings convey. I will also compare Teerlinc’s images with the self-fashioned, private poetry and public speeches of Elizabeth I. An exploration of the dichotomy between the private and public realms assists in the construction of a unified regal identity for the Queen that was unique in history and serves to place Teerlinc among other portrait painters working in England during the Renaissance period.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:queen elizabeth i levinia teerlinc feminist theory elizabethan poetry rhetoric


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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