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Mysterious image of snake appears on 400-year-old painting of Queen Elizabeth I

 
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Mysterious image of snake appears on 400-year-old painting of Queen Elizabeth I
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A mysterious image of a coiled snake has appeared in a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, the National Portrait Gallery said today.

The serpent was depicted being clasped in the Tudor monarch's fingers in the original version of the work - but it was painted over at the last minute and replaced with a more decorative, if rather oddly shaped, bunch of roses.

Deterioration over time has meant the snake has revealed itself once more, with its outline now visible on the surface.

The portrait was created by an unknown artist in the 1580s or early 1590s.

The image has not been on display at the London gallery since 1921 but it will form part of an exhibition titled Concealed and Revealed: The Changing Faces of Elizabeth I, from March 13 to September 26.

A serpent was sometimes used to reflect wisdom, prudence and reasoned judgment, but the scaly creatures are also linked to notions of Satan and original sin.

The gallery suggested the snake's removal may have been due to the ambiguity of the emblem.

An artist's impression has been created of what the snake could have looked like, with infra-red technology revealing the changes in the initial design.

A statement from the gallery said: 'The snake is mainly black but has greenish blue scales and was almost certainly painted from imagination.'

Tarnya Cooper, curator of 16th century paintings at the gallery, said the snake is a unique attribute in portraits of the queen.

'The portrait of Elizabeth I with a hidden serpent is a really unusual survival. Yet it is difficult to know exactly why the serpent may have been originally included, or how common this motif might have been.

'The queen certainly owned jewellery and costume including emblems of serpents, which were probably understood as a symbol of wisdom.

'However, no other portrait of Elizabeth appears to depict her holding a snake.'

The image of the monarch clutching the serpent/flowers covers a portrait of another woman, whose identity is unknown.

X-ray photography showed a female head facing in the opposite direction and in a higher position than the queen.

The eyes and nose of the first face are visible where paint has been lost from Elizabeth's forehead.

The gallery believes the unfinished portrait was by a different painter, showing how 16th century panels were sometimes recycled by artists.

The unknown woman appears to have been wearing a French hood, fashionable in 1570-1580s, suggesting that there may have been a few years before the panel was re-used for the portrait of Elizabeth I.
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it was painted on
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it was painted on
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The serpent was depicted being clasped in the Tudor monarch's fingers in the original version of the work - but it was painted over at the last minute and replaced with a more decorative, if rather oddly shaped, bunch of roses.

Deterioration over time has meant the snake has revealed itself once more, with its outline now visible on the surface.
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paint just doesnt 'wash away' like that...

and it looks like a dinosaur.
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the royals are reptillian...no doubt!




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it was painted on
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ya think ?
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did it look like this? militia
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The satanic/reptilian legacy.
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Elizabeth Blackadder (born 1931)
Untitled: from the series Thursday's Child
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Etching
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Elizabeth Blackadder was born in Falkirk and trained at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). In her early work she was influenced by the Scottist Colourist Joseph Crawhall and her teacher, William Gillies. In 1954 she travelled to Yugoslavia, Greece and Italy after receiving the Carnegie Travelling Scholarship. She still travels widely and exhibits throughout the world. From 1956 to 1986 she taught at ECA.

Her signature subjects include landscapes, cats, flowers, still-lifes and portraits. Blackadder's work is based in the traditions of the Edinburgh School, but is strongly influenced by Japanese aesthetics. Characteristically, she carefully arranges objects in a shallow pictorial space to create intriguing and subtly decorative images
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the royals are reptillian...no doubt!




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That snake looks like a Freemason symbol.
And the Queen looks like she needs a shave.Is she really a guy?
Was the painter trying to tell us something?
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did it look like this? militia
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Why don't you look at the link dude.
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It's just her true image coming through. Reminds me of my X.
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That snake looks like a Freemason symbol.
And the Queen looks like she needs a shave.Is she really a guy?
Was the painter trying to tell us something?
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Holy crap. QUEEN ELIZABETH!

Remember history class?????
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X-ray photography showed a female head facing in the opposite direction and in a higher position than the queen.

 Quoting: SheldonCooper
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The snake was painted in the forth dimension and the merge is causing it to show up.
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old egypt cult.
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That snake looks like a Freemason symbol.
And the Queen looks like she needs a shave.Is she really a guy?
Was the painter trying to tell us something?



Holy crap. QUEEN ELIZABETH!

Remember history class?????
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"was queen elizabeth a man"
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the royals are reptillian...no doubt!




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X-ray photography showed a female head facing in the opposite direction and in a higher position than the queen.


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its true. look at the forehead on the 'revealing snake' version of the painting
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Couple of face lifts and she would have a go-tie
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That snake head looks more like a horse, or baby dino, or baby lock ness monster.. wtf
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That snake head looks more like a horse, or baby dino, or baby lock ness monster.. wtf
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dont mess with the queens snakeasaurus.
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That snake head looks more like a horse, or baby dino, or baby lock ness monster.. wtf


dont mess with the queens snakeasaurus.
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Queen looks like a man.
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That snake head looks more like a horse, or baby dino, or baby lock ness monster.. wtf


dont mess with the queens snakeasaurus.



Queen looks like a man.
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dude looks like a lady.
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That snake head looks more like a horse, or baby dino, or baby lock ness monster.. wtf


dont mess with the queens snakeasaurus.



Queen looks like a man.
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What a shitty artist. I mean the queens eyes are all fucked up.
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Creepy!
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Queen looks like a man.
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A lot of older english women do. No wonder they have so many beautiful gardens to ease the eyes.
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the royals are reptillian...no doubt!




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THE TUDORS AREN'T REAL, ITS JUSTA SHOW

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