Henry VIII, Tudor Paintings, Uncategorized

Did Henry VIII have a midlife crisis in 1536?

The archetypal image of an unsmiling, bejewelled Henry VIII staring directly out of Hans Holbein’s famous painting with his legs spread wide apart was a mastermind of propaganda for the Tudor monarchy. Centuries after his death, coming face to face with a life size copy of the painting can be intimidating. The image was designed to show the king’s power, his riches and his divine right to rule.

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Symbolism, Tudor Paintings

Symbolism in Tudor portraits

In the Tudor era, it was well known that a dog represented faithfulness and that the Tudors were represented by a greyhound. This hidden meaning would be as familiar to some one born in the sixteenth century as a car logo or a symbol for a top brand is to us today.

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