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Although the artist of this portrait is unknown, it was probably copied from a posthumous portrait by the Dutch painter Daniel Mytens (c.1590 – c.1648) now in the Palace of Holyrood House. The queen is wearing a dark dress trimmed with ermine and a lace cape and a Medici collar. Around her neck are a crucifix and a necklace of black pearls. The frame is finely carved and gilded. Mary Queen of Scots returned from France to rule Scotland in person, arriving in Leith on 19 August 1561. Her arrival as the Catholic queen of a newly Protestant country began a turbulent and dramatic period in Scotland’s history. Oil on timber panel, artist unknown, late 16th century.
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17th Century
564 x 732mm
904 x 1105mm
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