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Tudor Portraits

Friday, 2 April 2010

The Tudor Series Arrives...

And now to reveal the brand new Tudor Series!

Yes, I'll admit to being dreadfully addicted to Tudor and Elizabethan history.  My library shelf and audiobook collection can attest to it... But the drama of the court life, and the art accompanying it is fascinating...  (See more on Henry & his relationship to art on this BBC Show, in the UK only, while you can.)

Three portraits begin the series, and for them I've used a mix of contour and crosshatch inking.
All are inspired by contemporary portraits of the period.
Also, I've illustrated my own version of the Tudor Rose, here, with Henry VIII initials.

The signatures of Anne and Katherine are based on their own handwriting.

My sympathy and admiration go out in turns to Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon.  Queen Katherine is depicted in her later years, with a penetrating gaze, and strong determination not to back down.  "Humble and Loyal" was her motto, I especially admire her dignified self defense.

With Anne Boleyn, I feel like the deep set eyes and strong nose of the painting attributed to Holbein is the most lively version of Anne.  Admittedly, the Holbein sketch may not even be of Anne, but other portraits show her stiff or sour, and I can't quite picture the real figure behind them.  Scheming and cruel in her rise, she showed such bravery and composure in her death sentance that one can't deny her a share of respect.    "The Most Happy" was her motto, and  you'd have to think she regretted that one later.

And King Henry, the most recognizable (and sizable) of monarchs.  Intelligent and dangerous to be close  to, he must have been terrifying to be on the bad side of.  His arrogant gaze and squinting eyes are unsettling.

The Tudor Prints are now on sale in my Etsy Shop, and you'll find Journals and Tiles on CafePress.
Coming soon on leather goods and mirrors to my Etsy shop...

1 comment:

  1. Elizabeth, these are beautiful! I love your take on the Henry III signiture. Wonderful!