“…It was painted preseumably when Elizabeth I was already in her sixties, yet depicts her with the smooth face of youth. Rife with symbols, it is one of the most beautiful and mystical depictions of any monarch. Note the eyes and ears embedded in the queen’s dress, the coiled snake on her left arm, the rainbow in her right hand, the crescent moon in her crown. The inscription, NON SINE SOLE IRIS, translates to “No rainbow without the sun.” The painter of this portrait is unknown (though attributed to everyone from Robert Peale, Isaac Oliver, and Marcus Gheeraerts II), which adds to its delicious mystery….”
Queen E the first was steeped in magic. So odd it is not really portrayed in any of the movies about her. Her close friend, spy and confidante was a major magician and gifted astrologer-alchemist. Dr John Dee‘s code name for his espionage was 007. Yes, true. Ian Fleming was being a smart arse when he gave his James Bond character the same code name.