Elizabeth I, the “Ditchley Portrait,” by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, c.1592, in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
I’ve always loved this painting. I love the iconography of her standing astride a map of the British Isles; I love the improbably anatomy implied by her elaborate clothing (how COULD her arms be attached to her torso in that thing?); I love the intensity and command in her eyes. A great portrait.
Elizabeth herself was not, however, a fan.