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Title :

'So lively a portraiture of his miseries' : melancholy, mourning and the Elizabethan malady

Author :
GOLDRING, Elizabeth ;
Publication year :
2005
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
A portrait of a melancholy youth by an unknown artist (London, Weiss Gallery), is identified through Leicester House inventories as Sir Robert Sidney. Re-examination of the visual and written evidence supports the identification, shows that it was probably executed in 1587 or 1588, and that it seems to have entered the Earl of Leicester's picture collection in the spring or summer of 1588. Argues that the melancholic figure dressed in black is not an example of the 'Elizabethan malady' but a depiction of Sir Robert mourning the death of his elder brother Sir Philip Sidney. The portrait's allusions to Philip's achievements in battle, in the tiltyard, and in poetry, suggests that Robert was casting himself as heir to his elder brother's multiple legacies, and may have been commissioned by Robert in part to secure his uncle's patronage. ;
Pagination/Size :
11 ill. (5 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5304C01 - 1400-1800 ; Peinture et arts graphiques ; Peinture et dessin ; 530-IV - 1400-1800 ;
French keywords :
Collections ; Elisabéthain (style) ; Funérailles ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Identification ; Leicester, Robert Dudley, earl of, v.1532-1588 ; Leicester, Robert Sidney, earl of, 1563-1626 ; Memento mori ; Mélancolie ; Peinture ; Portrait ; Sidney, Philip, 1554-1586 ; 1500-1600 ;
Descriptors :
Collections ; Elizabethan (style) ; Funerals ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Identification ; Leicester, Robert Dudley, earl of, ca.1532-1588 ; Leicester, Robert Sidney, earl of, 1563-1626 ; Melancholy ; Memento mori ; Painting ; Portraits ; Sidney, Philip, 1554-1586 ; 1500-1600 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
British art journal, 2005, 6, 2, autumn
INIST identifier :
24838690 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1467-2006 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Art journals, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;