The Armada Portrait is the name given to one of three remaining paintings which show Queen Elizabeth I of England with a backdrop depicting the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
My photograph above shows the copy known as The "Drake" version, and currently forms part of the collection of the Royal Museums Greenwich. It was purchased from Sir Francis Drake’s descendants for the nation for £10.3 million in July 2016 after an appeal by the Art Fund.
“The Armada portrait is a compelling historic icon, illustrating as it does a decisive conflict, inspiring female leadership, maritime power and the emergence of the Elizabethan golden age. This image has shaped our understanding of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, for over 400 years" - Sir Peter Luff
Behind Gloriana are two seascapes: the left showing the English fireships menacing the Spanish fleet, while the right hand scene shows the Spanish fleet dashed upon the rocky coast of Ireland by the "Protestant Wind."
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