World History Episode 1 The Agricultural Revolution (Time Stamp 1:37)
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, Artist Unknown, c. 1560
Context in CC: In reference to the central object of this the inaugural episode of Crash Course World History, the double cheeseburger. In which the wheat has to be “processed until it’s whiter than Queen Elizabeth I.”
Greater Historical/Art Historical Relevance: The monarch of England and Ireland reigned from 1558 until her death in 1603. Elizabeth is one of the more revered monarchs, and her reign is associated with a new sense of stability and national identity within the country. Her court commissioned a number of portraits (there are 122 at least, according to the National Portrait Gallery) to help her develop her own personal iconography, meant to both reflect and the circumstances of her reign.
“ Her accession to the throne presented her with traditional symbols of royalty, to which her own unique iconography was added by courtiers, officials and artists working for the court. Her gender, her unmarried state and the effects of her ageing were all addressed in the portraits” (1).
Hey guys, so I made a new tumblr about the art used in the awesome youtube series Crash Course (with Hank and John Green). If you’re into that sort of thing go check it out. I just published it today! And I am going to try to update at least once daily.