Royal Museums Greenwich

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Faces of a Queen

We produced a series of films for the Faces of a Queen exhibition at Royal Museums Greenwich.

The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I is one of the most iconic portraits in British history. Three versions of the painting survive, each offering a subtly different depiction of Queen Elizabeth I at the height of her power. This exhibition, for the first time in their 430-year history, brought these three works together and put them on public display.

Royal Museums Greenwich showcased its own version of the Armada Portrait alongside the two other works: one from the National Portrait Gallery, the other from the world famous private art collection at Woburn Abbey.

All three versions are believed to have been made shortly after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, each by different artists or studios. While the three paintings share the same essential pattern, each work contains subtle differences that hint at their unique histories.

The films we produced featured prominent commentators making observations on symbolism and the contemporary relevance of these paintings.

The films featured an academic (Mary Beard), a super model (Eunice Olumide), a fashion designer (Daniel Lismore) and a Pearly Queen (The Pearly Queen of Royal Greenwich).