Chaste painting : Elizabeth Russell's theatres of memory

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In the wake of the English Reformation, the visual arts became suspect as potentially idolatrous and likely to disrupt the devotional purity of the new English church. This article seeks to trouble this commonplace by examining the engagements with painting and representation by Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell and her family. Despite the family's staunch Puritanism, Russell, her daughters, and her son (Edward Hoby) worked to rehabilitate the visual arts through a series of portraits, public entertainments, masques, and monuments. Their project illustrates the negotiation between religion and courtly politics that is typical of many elite families following the Reformation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-68
Number of pages36
JournalEarly Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell
  • Puritanism
  • post-Reformation England
  • early modern visual culture
  • Elizabethan court

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