Arts Everyday Living: This Week at the Art Museum—The Queen’s Paramour?

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THIS WEEK AT THE ART MUSEUM

THE QUEEN’S PARAMOUR?

 

This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath,

May prove a beauteous flower when next us meet.*

William Shakespeare

 

Hilliard

Nicholas Hilliard, Young Man Among the Roses, c. 1585-1595, watercolor on vellum stuck into card, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619), like playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616), immortalized the men and women of the Elizabethan era.  Except while literary giant Shakespeare wrote about all levels of society, Hilliard focused mainly on the upper class, particularly Queen Elizabeth I herself, who posed for him a number of times.  The Victoria and Albert Museum in London owns the largest collection of his works including the romanticized portrayal above of Young Man Among the Roses. 

Could he be Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, the ill-fated lover of the monarch, whom she condemned to death for treason?

*Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2.

 

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