L. Kelly Lyles

Queen Elizabeth’s Corona

Acrylic on Illustration Board (Paper), Found Objects (rhinestones, silk flowers, syringes) 22” x 14” x 2” This represents Queen Elizabeth 1st’s “corona” or crown depicting the virus. Queen Elizabeth's fan cools but also shields her face, our masks of today (& her heavy white powder covered up smallpox scars). During Elizabethan times there were numerous pandemics: the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), Small Pox, Typhus, etc., egalitarian epidemics affecting commoners to royalty. The Visconte of Milan were the first to enforce quarantine. The phrase “a clean house is healthy house” was coined, reiterated in 2020 with Purell and sanitizers.
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