Queen Elizabeth I - Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger - Framed Picture 16" x 20"
Marcus Gheeraerts (also written as Gerards or Geerards) was a Flemish artist working at the Tudor court, described as "the most important artist of quality to work in England in large-scale between Eworth and Van Dyck"
He was brought to England as a child by his father Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, also a painter.
He became a fashionable portraitist in the last decade of the reign of Elizabeth I under the patronage of her champion and pageant-master Sir Henry Lee.
He introduced a new aesthetic in English court painting that captured the essence of a sitter through close observation.
He became a favorite portraitist of James I's queen Anne of Denmark, but fell out of fashion in the late 1610s.