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VPHC63 Seminar in Early Modern Art - Queen Elizabeth I

This libguide is meant to assist you in completing research related to the course "Animals in Early Modern Art."

Welcome to VPHC63 - Seminar in Early Modern Art - Queen Elizabeth I

Welcome to the Libguide supporting VPHC63: Early Modern Art!

This course and hence the research that you do, will focus on images of women and power - using topics of history, display, presentation, creation and interpretation  of objects created during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Her reign presented unique challenges to a culture that feared and disliked women, especially when they held power. This course, and your research, will investigate how the representation of a female leader reflected her particular culture’s beliefs about power, rulership, gender, beauty, and the ideal human form. Some questions that will be examined include:

  • What do such representations reveal about this culture and its beliefs?
  • How is the style of representation  and/or the materials used in the artwork related to the meaning of each artwork?
  • How have these ideals been adapted by subsequent generations, and how have they influenced our own understandings and representations of women in power? 

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Elizabeth (Armada Portrait) Formerly attributed to George Gower, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons