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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Elizabeth Still Reigns

Most recently a portrait minature of Elizabeth was up for sale at the auction house Bonhams. The portait was by one of Elizabeth's favorite painters, Nicholas Hilliard. One can see that the painting highlights Elizabeth's clothing and jewelery, while keeping her face much more simple. This indicates that she was probably toward the end of her reign when this was painted, since ornate gowns and jewels were used more and more often to deflect attention from Elizabeth's aging beauty. The miniature sold for $63, 411. 36 (40,800 pounds).

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