How Queen Elizabeth II Used Art to Shape Her Image

Queen Elizabeth II was one of the most visually scrutinized and recorded people in history, and she skillfully used it to manage her image during her 70-year reign, even though a handful of artists have sought to overthrow it.

When Britain’s longest-serving monarch died on Thursday, she left behind a museum of photographs and painted portraits. The National Portrait Gallery in London lists at least 1,000 images of the Queen in its collection, almost all of which reflect how she wanted to be seen as a modern-day royal.

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