Mysterious picture of virgin queen

English Heritage’s Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire has this month taken loan of an Elizabeth I portrait from the National Portrait Gallery.

The painting is described as intriguing and mysterious, and seems to show the virgin queen holding a small bunch of roses, whilst the top layer of paint hides the image of a serpent. The portrait is thought to have been painted in the 1580s or 1590s by an unknown artist and joins the exhibition in Leicester’s Gatehouse at Kenilworth Castle on a three-year loan. English Heritage offers group rates for 11 or more people.

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