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Art in the Elizabethan Era

By: Madison Moshansky

Madison Moshansky

on 7 June 2010

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Transcript of Art in the Elizabethan Era

Love of Art in the Elizabethan Era The beggining of the love for art Types of Art Styles and Techniques of the Arts Painting in that era was dominated by portraiture, especially miniatures.Elaborate textiles and embroidery succeed in the decorative arts. Arcitectual decoration and art of that time included sculptures and confined tombs and sometimes shrines. Art flourished in England's culture in the Elizabethan period because of the love of art Queen Elizabeth I had. Her love for art made a huge impact on how the people viewed art and enjoy it.Queen Elizabeth I did sculptures herself. Some techniques used by some famous artists were large-scale, full-length paintings that portrayed the noble class in richly decorative costumes. The costume materials included armour, embroidery, ruffs, hunting gear, weapons and lace. Artifical and decorative style was the main view of art and painting in general in the Elizabethan Era. Miniatures and Portraits Some of the most famous pieces of art in the Elizabethan Era were miniature paintings. Miniatures derived from the tradition of illuminated manuscripts and from the Renaissance portrait medals, a revived classical form. It is said that the foreign artist Hans Holebin, instructed the famous artist Hilliard, and also one of the Queen’s favorite artists, because of the technique that they used. Hilliard produced miniatures that were painted on vellum or ivory cards and they miniatures often functioned like lockets or cameos. They were intended for private viewing, the miniatures were often very personal and intimate objects that often depicted lovers or mistresses. Many of the larger court portraits of Elizabeth were based upon Hilliard’s miniatures and portraits. Decorative Arts In the decorative arts, demand for domestic silver greatly increased during the mid-sixteenth century because of rapid growth in population and subsequent expansion of the middle and upper classes. Silver plates were often decorated with embossed sculptural vegetal forms, fruit, grostesque, figures and strapwork. These intricate designs of foliage and patterning were also applied to suits of armor and domestic textiles embroidered with coloured silks and threads of gold and silver.

Well Known Artists Some of the main guiding artists were Nicholas Hilliard and Marcus Gheeraerts created stylized images of “immense elegance, wealth and power”. Some artists like Hilliard, Gheeraerts, Robert Peake the Elder, John de Critz and George Gower received commissions from the crown and employed techniques from European Mannerism and the School of Fontainbleau.

Nicholas Hilliard By Marcus Gheeraerts This is a silver decorative chair that they had in house in the Elizabethan Era. Queen Elizabeth I A Picture depicting a scene that happened during that time.Notice the oil paint that was used and fairly dark colours. This was a full-size Portrait A miniature of The Queen
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