Charles I and Henrietta Maria with their two eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Mary by Sir Anthony van Dyck, 1632. (Royal Collection Trust / © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2013)
This blog is far from being a personal one. However, my personal interests has led me to my academic pursuits. I am currently a graduate student at The College at Brockport (NY), majoring in World History. As a child, I was captivated by everything about monarchy. Despite never traveling to Europe or viewing a coronation, I was fascinating by kings and queens of the past. Not so much the institution but how it conveys its ‘message’ to audiences. The expensive jewels, elaborate rituals, and fine gowns together form magnificent displays of royal power – actual and perceived. This is what this blog is about.
I planned on writing a thesis on the performance of monarchy over the course of the late-Tudor to early Georgian eras. I got bored with it. Very. Fast. Over the summer of 2013, however, my academic and career interests changed. I have since decided to pursue a career in museum work as an exhibition curator. So, I have decided to ‘shift’ my thesis toward an exhibition catalogue. Think of it as a paper with lots of pictures.
The Art of Majesty is one element of a large project. This blog would be a behind-the-scenes look at writing and creating a virtual exhibit and preparing to convert my paper into a digital catalogue. Trust me, it’s not easy. Moreover, I hope to use this blog to analyze some of the portraits that I may or may not assess in my paper. (Right now I have more than 200 items.) Hope you stick around and see what I’m up to. If you have any questions or comments, or even want to offer some tips along the way, do not hesitate to comment below or send me an email!
Wish me luck,