"My painting of Elizabeth I is after the famous Ermine Portrait of 1585 (attrib Nicholas Hilliard). Elizabeth in her colours of black and white; the moon and night holds an unblemished hand over the sword of justice, her arm endowed with an ermine so pure that it is 'rather dead than spotted'. Impregnable, escutcheoned, imprisoned practically by black pearls, golden embroidery and gorgeous scattered suns. Painted when the Queen was 52." M.Gall
About the artist
Michaela Gall studied at Chelsea School of Art and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. She works on paper and in ceramic. Her work is produced under the umbrella of Majolica, a form of ceramics originated in Renaissance Italy which uses tin-glazes painted over an opaque white background glaze, with an earthenware body. Michaela creates pieces that are painted within the tradition of Folk Art, documenting various subjects such as historical events, patterns, symbols and people from different cultures. Her celebrated Painted Portrait series explores various cultural figures throughout history from Queen Elizabeth I to Jimi Hendrix.