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The Peace Portrait: The Significance of the Little Dog

One of the most beautiful portraits of Elizabeth I is the so-called Peace Portrait, and it has long been associated with the Earl of Leicester. The queen, symbolizing the goddess of peace, Pax, holds an olive branch and stands on … Continue reading

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“Milord Lestre Favorito”: The Zuccaro Drawings, 1575

In early 1575 Robert Dudley invited to England the Italian Mannerist painter, Federico Zuccaro, who had made his name with allegorical decorations. Mostly working in Italy, in the mid-1570s he had travelled to France, to do work for the Cardinal … Continue reading

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Leicester in Oils, c.1575

Apart from the queen herself, the Earl of Leicester was the most often portrayed person in Elizabethan England. William Cecil’s likeness was also much in demand, yet he rarely sat for one, while Robert Dudley survives in many different postures … Continue reading

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