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Sarah Baker

Stella Maris College

Artwork title
Royal game
HSC year
2010
ARTEXPRESS year
2011
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

The Royal game series features the English Tudor dynasty. The symbolism of wild animals has been used to explain the relationship and characteristics of the Tudor monarchs Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary I. To survive on the throne, they needed to use their animal instincts. Henry stands in the centre – symbolised as a lion. The lion is ruler of the animal kingdom. Mary stands on Henry’s right as a bear, which is a symbol of hunting prowess and power. Elizabeth is seen as a wolf, which represents her fearlessness, loyalty and cautious attitude.