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The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

Charlotte Bolland & Tarnya Cooper
Item #: D70510
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 176 / 2014
Publisher: National Portrait Gallery, London
ISBN: 9781855144927
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Mention Henry VIII and the familiar image of the rotund, bearded fellow painted by Hans Holbein the Younger probably springs to mind; with Elizabeth I, it's frilly ruffs, white make-up, and pink lips, as she appears in a number of well-known images at the National Portrait Gallery in London. But the familiarity of these representations has overshadowed many other images of the Tudor monarchs that were produced throughout their reigns, as the market for portraits grew and monarchs' images multiplied. Extensively illustrated with color reproductions and X-ray scans of significant royal portraits, this book traces both the evolving iconography of the ruler and the development of portrait painting in England.


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