The English-Speaking Union, Denver Branch hosted a March social event in St. John's Cathedral's stately Dagwell Hall. ESU Members and guests enjoyed refreshments and mingled during a reception time before guest speaker, Kathleen Stuart, was welcomed to the microphone by ESU Denver President, Bruce Haefner. Kathleen, Curator of the Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, presented a slide show talk on the subject of the changing face of portraiture in Tudor England with a focus on the portraits of Elizabeth I. Kathleen familiarized guests with the process of patterning that was used to produce versions and copies of Tudor portraits. Kate explored the varied images of Elizabeth I and explained the control the monarchs had in insuring acceptable images of themselves were produced. Kate explained that the use of infrared reflectography has made it is possible to examine the preparatory underdrawing beneath the paint layers and discover the commonality of existing portraits. Many of the pictures from the Berger Collection are currently on tour but be certain to plan a trip to the DAM to view this collection upon their return.
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