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Studying a royal portrait What caracterizes an official royal portrait? Which symbols can be found around monarchs ? Which elements in a painting may reveal the social status of the sitter? Why were monarchs keen on being portrayed? The sitter A coronation robe A fur-lined gown The pose The gestures The facial expression The features Idealize The setting Symbols of power The gaze The throne A sceptre A full-length portrait A three-quarter portrait A shoulder-length portrait A side-face portrait (in profile)
Thomas Sully, Queen Victoria, 1838, Wallace Collection A RED VELVET CURTAIN GEORGE IV DIADEM THE CROWN ROSY CHEEKS Most painters depict the monarch sitting on his/her throne, a symbol of power/powerfulness/might/ mightiness. Sully chooses to paint the Queen in movement, walking towards her throne. The Queen is not posing so the portrait is lively.
F. X. Winterhalter, Queen Victoria, 1859, Royal Collections Which elements are connected to royal power? What is the impression conveyed/given by the stance / position of the queen? Which historical evolution may justify this portrayal? Vocabulary: a ceremonial costume an ermin-lined cloak/ mantle (un manteau doublé en ermine) a gown embroidered with gold threads (brodé de fil dor) the lapel (le bord du manteau) crimson velvet: velour écarlate a crown with diamonds
Utiliser des adjectifs Insert the following adjectives in the sentences below: Queen Victoria is wearing a dress and a mantle. Ceremonial - long – embroidered - beautiful – red Queen victoria looks self-assured. Like – a – and - monarch – dressed – powerful – authoritative The Queens costume symbolized her mightiness. Adorned – triumphant - and – with - fur – richly – gold
Epithète : places devant le nom dans un ordre precis a very kind old English lady TAILLE / ÂGE / COULEUR / ORIGINE / MATIERE + NOM : an interesting old French oil painting exceptions Adjectifs accompagnés dun complément : a glass full of water, a coat covered with mud, a man ready to fight Adjectifs nombreux ou contrastés : An old beggar, dirty, ragged, sad-looking, was staring at me. Attribut : après be, look, feel, keep, get, seem, find pour exprimer laboutissement, le résultat He pushed the door open cas particulier : adjectifs commencant par a- (afraid, asleep,....) après le nom : A animal afraid of every man SO / SUCH SO + ADJ/ADV (+ ARTICLE + NOM) : I was so fascinated that I could have stayed there forever SUCH + ADJECTIF + ARTICLE + NOM : It is such a nice place !
Franz Xaver Winterhalter, The Royal Family, 1846 Queen Victoria was the mother of 9 children. Her she is depicted more as a mother than as a queen. The girls are not painted as their mothers heirs, not like future queens but playing with a doll. Though the royal couple is posing (Queen Victoria is looking at the painter) the scene remains lively and the atmosphere intimate. Do you think this painting would be hung, or displayed in the same place as the previous one?
Sir EdwinLandseer, Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort at Windsor,
Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portrait de la Reine Victoria, 1842, Versailles Winterhalter, Queen Victoria, 1845, Royal Collections