Marcus Gheeraerts became a fashionable portraitist during the last decade of Elizabeth's reign under the patronage of her pageant master Sir Henry Lee. This allowed Marcus to capture the essence of someone who worked for the queen through close observation. He was also almost a patron of Queen Anne of Denmark who love his portraits.
Below are three of Marcus' best portraits, including: Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine Killigrew, and Queen Mary of England.
The "Isms" of Marcus' Works (seen above):
One "ism" that is linked closely to Marcus was naturalism. While studying his work, one may notice the way the people sit in a sort of unusual position, such as Catherine Killigrew with her hand over her heart in her portrait. He also definitely used wrinkles and shadows to show detail in his work. Lastly, you may notice that Captain Thomas Lee is not wearing pants. This definitely shows naturalism- Captain clearly made himself comfortable, and Marcus painted exactly what he saw.
Another "ism" that linked to Marcus was idealism. One can see the idealism in the elegant posture seen in most of his portraits. Also, in "Captain Thomas Lee", there is dark yet beautiful scenery behind him.
Lastly, Marcus used perspectivism in his portraits. He included vanishing points, for example in Catherine Killigrew's portrait, there is a vanishing point behind her head in the darkness. He also used different textures that added dimension to his work.
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