Art and Power: The Visual World of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Art and Power: The Visual World of Mary, Queen of Scots

Art and Power: The Visual World of Mary, Queen of Scots

Dates: Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 February 2022
Times: 11.00–13.00 GMT
Location: Online (Zoom)
Tutor: Dr Christina Faraday

Description: Inspired by the Wallace Collection’s 16th-century painting of Mary, Queen of Scots, this course marks the queen’s death by execution on 8 February 1587, and explores her extraordinary life. She had spent almost 20 years in England as a prisoner of Elizabeth I – in exile from her kingdom following a dramatic sequence of events involving assassination, abduction and rebellion. Throughout her life, and even in her final moments, Mary knew how to put on a show. Brought up in France, she learned the art of royal spectacle at one of the most culturally sophisticated courts in Europe.

Throughout her life she employed a range of fine and decorative arts to promote herself and her reign, even in exile. In this course we’ll explore the images and objects that Mary had at her disposal: from portraits to entertainments, interior furnishings to fashion. By reconstructing the visual world that surrounded her and the images that came to define her, we’ll examine the persuasive power of art in the world of politics.


Please read the full course description here.


Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticketholders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.


Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
08/02/2022 11:00 13:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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