Carnegie Mellon University

Representations of Queen Elizabeth I in Literature and Portraiture

Exhibit by Posner Center intern, Julianne Mentzer
Summer 2008

Representations of Elizabeth Tudor were used by her supporters to enhance her image as a worthy female ruler and a force to be reckoned with in England and abroad. As shown in this exhibit, the images evolved through various stages of her life and reign, and were crafted and explicated in the visual and literary arts of her time.

Elizabeth I: The Pelican Portrait  Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait

Images: Walker Art Gallery, Tudor England: Images