A free Deaf-led tour in BSL, enjoy light refreshments in the education rooms afterwards. Free but booking essential.
Mary, Queen of Scots (1542–1587) is one of the most famous and colourful figures in Scottish history, yet there are surprisingly few surviving portraits of her which were made during her lifetime. The painting above may not bear direct witness to the likeness of the queen but it is still a very potent and compelling image. Famed for her tall and elegant appearance, the captive yet dignified Mary seems to tower above us. She stands on a Turkish-style carpet and her pale and slightly weary features are set against a dark background, accentuated by her black velvet dress with its elaborate lace cuffs and a diaphanous cloak. One of the long slender fingers of her left hand is hooked into a rosary, while her right hand rests on a blood-red cloth as if to symbolise her eventual fate.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
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