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Mary Queen of Scots : a controversial figure turned into a

national heroine
Who was Mary ?

Turn to the short biography , underline the most

important elements . Then organize them and write a
chronology of her life and reign


Mary, Queen of Scots (1542–1587)
Flemish School

Blairs Museum
Mary, Queen of Scots
François Clouet (c.1515–1572)
The Wallace Collection
Mary, Queen of Scots, Receiving the Warrant for Her Execution
David Scott (1806–1849)
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC)
Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
Robert Inerarity Herdman (1829–1888)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893)
The Whitworth
Mary, Queen of Scots, Being Led to Her Execution
Laslett John Pott (1837–1898)
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
In groups analyse the painting . Then explain its hidden meaning
to the class/ create the tracks for an audio guide .
Present the painting ( date +artist+ medium + topic)

Describe it and pay attention to :

-the subject matter ( who are the people in the scene? Is it a narrative?How is the story
« staged » ? What is included or left out ?Historical period )

- the formal qualities ( line, color, brushwork or "handling," tactile values, volumes, modeling,
proportion, perspective or special construction, and composition)

- the style ( personal style, national style, and period style ? )

- -the symbols ( and their interpretation)

- -message of the artist (Why ? ) .

Plenary : has Mary Queen of Scots always been

regarded as a heroine ?