This lecture is devoted to the cult of Elizabeth Tudor, her power and forms of glorification as the Virgin Queen in the English neo-court culture that reached its peak in the second half of the XVI century. Olga Dmitrieva will focus on the well-known portrait of the Queen, by Marcus Gheeraerts (1620), which could be seen at the exhibition. She will discuss how this portrait provides a key for how to interpret many allegories and symbols relating to images of Elizabeth I.
The lecture took place on 26 May 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as part of the lecture programme "400 years of British history in portraits".
Olga Dmitrieva, D.Sc., is a senior lecturer, Department of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, History Faculty, MSU. Since 2010 she has been Deputy Director-General for Development advocacy and promotion of the Moscow Kremlin Museums. Author of the monograph Elizabeth Tudor and more than three hundred scientific papers on the history of Tudor England, she has recently created the concept of the exhibition “The “Golden Age” of the English Court: From Henry VIII to Charles I” (Moscow Kremlin Museums, 2012), and was invited as a co-curator of the exhibition “Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars” (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2013).