Thursday, January 23, 2020
East Building, SECU Auditorium
Elizabeth Stuart was the daughter, sister, and wife of kings, but lived in exile in the Netherlands for most of her life as an enemy of Catholic Spain. In the face of hopelessness and loss, she turned to painting and letter-writing to advance her cause at home and abroad. She commissioned portraits of her family from the Dutch painter Gerrit van Honthorst to remind her supporters of their obligations to her and to help negotiate marriages for her children. In her palaces, Stuart arranged her meager art collection to communicate an illusion of power and her continued hopes for restoration to her former glory.
Michele Frederick, associate curator of European art, explores the role of art in communicating status. By examining Elizabeth Stuart’s use and display of paintings, we can better understand how art was deployed to perform a version of monarchy in exile.
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