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Anne of Cleves, 1539, (1909). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger

Anne of Cleves, 1539, (1909). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger


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Anne of Cleves, 1539, (1909). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger

Anne of Cleves, 1539, (1909). Henry VIII married Anne (1515-1557), a German Protestant princess, in 1540 for political reasons at the urging of his Chancellor, Thomas Cromwell. Hans Holbein painted this portrait of Anne for Henry who, finding her appearance on canvas to his liking, agreed to the marriage. In the flesh however, he found her considerably less attractive, and the marriage was annulled after only six months. Painting in the Louvre Museum, Paris. From Holbein - Masterpieces in Colour, by S. L. Bensusan. [T. C. & E. C. Jack, Frederick A. Stokes Co. London & New York, 1909]

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Anne Of Anne Of Cleves Bensusan Cleves Hans Hans Holbein Hans Holbein The Younger Holbein Holbein The Younger Queen Consort Of England S L Bensusan Samuel L Samuel L Bensusan Samuel Levy Samuel Levy Bensusan Sl Bensusan Sleeve Sleeves Tudor Wives


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This print showcases a portrait of Anne of Cleves, painted by the renowned artist Hans Holbein the Younger in 1539. Commissioned by King Henry VIII himself, this artwork played a significant role in shaping history. The painting depicts Anne, a German Protestant princess who was married to Henry VIII in 1540 for political reasons as advised by his Chancellor, Thomas Cromwell. However, upon meeting Anne in person after being captivated by her appearance on canvas, Henry found her considerably less attractive than he had anticipated. Consequently, their marriage was annulled after only six months. This portrait now resides in the Louvre Museum in Paris and serves as a testament to the complexities of royal unions and the power art holds over perception. The image captures Anne's regal presence with exquisite detail. Her clothing reflects the fashion of the time - an elegant dress adorned with intricate sleeves and complemented by a majestic headdress that befits her status as queen consort of England. Through this portrait, we catch a glimpse into Tudor-era royalty and witness how appearances can shape destinies. This print from Heritage Images allows us to appreciate not only Holbein's artistic mastery but also provides insight into one of history's most intriguing marriages that shaped England's future course under Henry VIII's reign.

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