Gerrit van Honthorst’s oil on canvas Triumph of the Winter Queen: Allegory of the Just (1636) was unveiled this Valentine’s Day for the 400th wedding anniversary of Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick V, known as the “Winter King and Queen” due to their short reigns as monarchs of Bohemia.
The “Winter Queen” rides a chariot drawn by three lions, surrounded by her husband and thirteen children. Recently restored, the colossal 10-inch by 15-inch masterpiece is accompanied by a media presentation exploring the symbolic elements of the painting and the histories of the people it portrays.
On display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Loring Gallery, Feb. 14, 2013 – Jul. 21, 2013.
— Angelique Nehmzow