Elizabeth – The Leo Queen Of Bohemia

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Elizabeth Stuart Queen of Bohemia
Okay so I am not an art historian but isn’t it unusual to see portraits from this era (1600s) with the hair flowing so free and undone? Usually it is in a snood (?) or ye olde beehive thing i think. So i immediately think LEO!

And voila, she is – or was – Elizabeth Stuart was born 19 August 1596 & yes, what a mane.

Renowned for her beauty, grace & vitality, she corresponded with the philosopher Descartes and Shakespeare apparently wrote The Tempest for her as a wedding gift. She has inspired several poems & appears in quite a few novels, as a ghost and/or with mad peeps thinking that they are her.

Every bit the Leo luvvie…

The countries retaining a monarchy should have laws that only Leos can be Kings of Queens because they are so terribly good at it. They suit crowns and gowns. They love formal occasions. They can transcend politics. They love performances and speeches. They have manners and can usually be relied upon to say the right thing. eg; Princess Anne. Princess Margaret. The late Queen Mother. Princess Beatrice. All Leos.

Image:ย  Michiel Jansz Mierevald

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Herby
Herby

The way the artist captured her eyes, the way she’s subconsciously protecting her chest with her right hand and nervously twiddling her hair with her left makes me feel like the artist saw an unhappy woman before him. I wouldn’t be surprised given the responsibility and limitations she had.

My parents are Leos. Much as they love ruling their business I know that they also need to have time and space to be their authentic selves. The Leo does like to roar and make their presence known. QE1 would never have been able to do that.

goldfleece-risingfish-twinmoon
goldfleece-risingfish-twinmoon

umm..i rather think she looks like a bloke in drag ..

fluidfeline
fluidfeline

hilar B-gem ๐Ÿ˜† Actually that’s not a bad idea.

crabby gem
crabby gem

Not being an art-historian either, but I’m sure I read somewhere that having one’s hair out and free flowing was the official “do” to demonstrate virginity… thats how QE1 has her hair in her coronation pictures too. (for the lovers of trivia out there I think there’s something biblical about long hair being a blessing for a woman as it covers her nakedness)

Was said queen unmarried at the time of painting?

balancingformountaingoats
balancingformountaingoats

I do know quite a lot about art history and yes that is correct.

hair ‘down’ is a symbol of virginity, unmarried state and youth.
It can also be used in paintings of godesses etc to symbolise beauty.

even in victorian times finally reaching the age to put one’s hair up is the signifier of adulthood and that you may be courted.

BlackStarAries
BlackStarAries

Love her. Love her hair.

Think of how many people today would go abs bonkers with the responsibility of a kingdom. They would make it soooo not fun…..She looks like she’s comfy…….

minniethemooch
minniethemooch

I’ve read that the toffs from this period plucked eyelashes etc etc (shades of the depleted V-J). Such lovely red hair so why has the painter given her a red nose? A Libran would not ‘ave done it, innit? What next, thin skein of mucous dribbling earthwards.. Back in my old college days, we had an oil painting of the founder of speech therapy, ‘Elsie Murgatroyd’ – she of the mono-brow and mono-bosom, put up in the foyer of the Central School of Speech and Drama. Last day of term, someone stuck a winged and painted luminous sani-pad under her… Read more »

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

Far be it for me to mess with a queen, but a little concealer for the nose and some eyeliner and she’ll be fixed up toot sweet … ๐Ÿ˜†

As far as the hair, how ’bout a simple baraid and a bow at the end…and call it a day, er kingdom, er, queendom. Do you think she’ll change how many hours are in a day? She just might proclaim there is no night which would give the Sun more time to revolve around her (oh, excuse me. I forgot she IS the Sun…)

MusicalLibran
MusicalLibran

I’m pretty sure that I’ve read that the ‘no eyelashes no eyebrows’ look became ‘fashionable’ because it was the look of the toffs – but originally came about because of a combination of lead poisoning (from the powder they applied to their faces and their wigs) and other diseases of malnourishment particularly scurvy due to a lack of fruit and vegetables and rickets due to lack of Vitamin D. The powder kept the fleas, ticks, lice and bedbugs at bay. This was an era where you were old if you lived to 35! Most women lost one or two teeth… Read more »

Andromeda
Andromeda

That’s interesting/horrifying ML, I try really hard not to think about how squalid life may have been for women of that era (let alone the kiddies). I love the idea of some up and comer dying his healthy pearly’s black.. Weird.

Vee
Vee

Yes, well Taurus Queen Sister screwed THAT for Marg, and Beatrice…hhmmmmm…. dubious

Andromeda
Andromeda

My Lioness within is purring MM, everything seems in order having read this lovely post… ๐Ÿ™‚

Ms.
Ms.

Royal Leo in form is a great Leo

Andromeda
Andromeda

I remember I bought a new hat as a girl and was just as proud of it as anything, I never took it off. One day I wore it by the pool and made peacock show of a dive and as I dove saw someone snigger in my direction.

I was tyrian purple with embarrassment when I surfaced and saw my hat floating next to me. Royal Leo with the emPHAsis on the wrong syLLAble. ๐Ÿ˜›

The Leo Socialite
The Leo Socialite

Yes, absolutely.

I would be fabulous at it.

I love the look of this lady queen and the idea of being queen of bohemia is too beautiful.

I think Leos genuine love of theatre and music does inspire a lot of artists. It helps if the Leo is royal or monied, of course.

Ms.
Ms.

lol.

and if you are going to be any Queen
you want to be the Queen of Bohemia

well I would ๐Ÿ™‚

Allyson
Allyson

She seriously needs a straightener though. Imagine how glam then!

leogroover
leogroover

I think every Leo is queen or king of their own kingdom however humble it is and totallly in their own mind of course.

virgo violet
virgo violet

Queen Elizabeth the first was pretty good at queening, and she was a Virgo.

plutonic gem
plutonic gem

I wonder what sun sign her father was?