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The Line of Clothing: Rendering for Costume Design: Maria Stuarda

A resource guide for Chip Schoonmaker's The Line of Clothing: Rendering for Costume Design DRA2267

Biographical Information

Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart), 1542–87, only child of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Through her grandmother Margaret Tutor Mary had the strongest claim to the throne of England after the children of Henry VIII. This claim (and her Roman Catholicism) made Mary a threat to Elizabeth I of England, who finally had her executed. However, Mary's son, James VI of Scotland, succeeded Elizabeth to the English throne as James I. Mary's reported beauty and charm and her undoubted courage have made her a particularly romantic figure in history. She is the subject of Schiller's great drama Maria Stuart, of an opera by Donizetti, and of plays by Vittorio Alfieri, A. C. Swinburne, and Maxwell Anderson. Mary Queen of Scots. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, Q2 2016 Longer Biography


Searching in ArtStor is a great way to get visual inspiration for your designs through objects and art. One advantage of ArtStor is you can zoom in very closely on the image and look at the details.

Try searching Mary Queen of Scots. Try an Advance Search and set the dates to 1540-1590 search Portrait AND England, or Elizabeth I

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Portrait of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, in white Mourning Dress (Marie Stuart)

Musée Château de Blois

Mary, Queen of Scots Arms of the nobility of Scotland.

Manuscripts and Early Printed Books (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Tower of London; view of the Traitor's Gate built by Edward I c. 1275 - 1279

Scala Archives

Portrait:Mary, Queen of Scots

ARTstor Slide Gallery

Queen Elizabeth I: Drake Jewel, w/Phoenix Hilliard, Nicholas 1586-7

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