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The English Renaissance: England Under The Tudors / Conflict and Costume

The Tudors have become the most glamorous and mythologised of English dynasties but they ruled England for barely 100 years. In just 3 generations, this upstart clan not only produced some of the more dramatic personalities and legends of the monarchy but took the country from the Middle Ages into the great artistic "rebirth" of the Continent, from stained glass and manuscripts for Henry VII to Renaissance portraits for his son and grandchildren, from militaristic fortresses to sumptuous architectural stage sets for the choreography of display. In an age of intense religious conflict, church commissions were followed by the destruction of monasteries and their heritage and, as successive rulers impose their allegiances on the people, the arts trumpeted their chosen Faiths. For the monarchy, paintings by Holbein, Horenbout and Hilliard and palaces to overawe European rivals transmitted the Tudor message and became prestige models which transformed the face of England.


This week you will focus on two separate areas of the Elizabethan experience. The threatened invasion of the "Invincible" Armada in 1588 galvanised the country and brought two cultures into open conflict – on the one hand, the superpower Catholic Empire of Philip II, on the other the embattled island of Protestant England. We examine the Spanish moment of hope and the English response of triumph. This is also the age when, under the influence of the monarch, fashion became the quintessential marker of social status – new textiles, jewellery, styles, colours, even cosmetics, became fine indicators of aspiration and were lavishly used to transform life into art.


Speaker(s):

Ms Nicole Mezey | talks

 

Date and Time:

25 February 2015 at 10:45 am

Duration:

Half Day

 

Venue:

The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square
London
W1K 1DB


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THE COURSE
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Tickets:

£46

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