The Armada Portrait was a glorious bit of Elizabethan propaganda to point out that God was on the side of England against the might of the Holy Roman Empire (well, Spain). Elizabethan politics are fascinating. I’m currently watching my way through (again) Elizabeth R, the Glenda Jackson BBC series. It’s pure brilliant. Well, I’m also watching documentaries on the autopsies that cover the final 24 hours of various famous people, and there was an interesting one on digging up the De Medici tomb. Autopsy and History combined in that one. My favorite things to watch!
I DIGRESS. This is the third Elizabethan portrait, now finished:
This one is a glorious bit of propaganda against the side of the dinosaurs. Notice she’s patting a mammal-like reptile while the comet attacks the dinosaurs in the background. Mammal-like reptiles evolved into mammals, see.
The ruff on this took forever. It’s better viewed at a distance, it looks totally like cutwork lace. I’m pleased with how that turned out.
Oh yeah, in my last post I said something like ‘a seal is halfway between a dog and a dolphin’. I of course meant half way between a dog-LIKE thing and dolphin-LIKE thing, not a bridging species between the two extant species. I was clear in my own mind, I don’t know if that came across.