Royal Portraits: Building the brand

William Scrots, Edward VI, c.1546

How did monarchs in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries choose to present themselves and their heirs to the throne in portraiture?

This e-learning resource, designed for use by students and tutors of GCSE, AS and A level Art and Design, helps you explore five key Tudor and Stuart royal portraits in the Royal Collection. Of the five paintings, three depict strong and powerful rulers. The others show young princes, one of whom went on to reign for only six years, while the other’s destiny was never to become king.

You will discover the techniques artists used to create successful art propaganda which promoted positive images of their subjects in turbulent times – techniques that you can use to guide you with your own portrait work.

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