Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Morag Martin

First Reader

Dr. Kimberly Schutte

Second Reader

Dr. Morag Martin


After the much beloved, but single and childless, Elizabeth Tudor, the Stuarts of Scotland were next in line for the throne of England. They came to power in a century of political change fo the Monarchy. The 'Art' of Majesty looks at how the Stuarts attempted to display itself to the world. Serving a more political rather than artistic purpose, these portraits hide much more than they reveal. At a time when the Monarchy needed to project idealized images of majesty, it is these hidden stories which are often the most valuable.