Levina Teerlinc

Flemish, 1515-1576

Levina, in the proper courtly hairstyle and attire of 16th-century England, looks confidently out at us. As an official painter to the British court she combined her sophisticated demeanor with the refined skill of a miniaturist. Although very few existing works are positively attributed to her it is obvious that she was considered a valuable asset. She left her native Flanders to work for Henry VIII and remained in the service of the English monarchy through the reigns of three successive leaders: Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. The negative space of the painting includes images of the miniatures for which she became so well known and appreciated. Included among these is an image of Elizabeth I as a young woman; it is commonly accepted that Levina was the first artist to paint an image of the future queen.

Original Works Referenced

Self-portrait
1565
London
Victoria and Albert Museum

Lady Katherine Grey
1555-1560
London
Victoria and Albert Museum

Portrait of a Young Woman
1549
London
Victoria and Albert Museum

Portrait of Lady Hunsdon
1575
Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum

Elizabeth I
1565
Windsor Castle
Collection of Her Majesty the Queen