Hans Holbein & King Henry VIII by Tony Harris

12 November 2021 @ 2:30 pm
Towner Art Gallery
£12 (EAC Members £10)

Painting German C16 Hans Holbein 1497-1543 Henry VIII c1537 Oil on oak 28×20 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Hans Holbein is known largely for his wonderful portrait of King Henry VIII, painted in a dominant pose – legs astride, staring down the imaginary barrel, defying anyone to tell him that he was not God’s representative on earth.

Although this is the single portrait for which he is remembered, Hans Holbein painted around 600 subjects in Tudor England and flirted dangerously with all sides of the religious tapestry – so much so that he was close to having his head removed before becoming The King’s most favourite portraitist.  Holbein painted virtually anyone who was anyone in the 16th century and because of his realistic style – which concentrated on the face rather than props – we have an incredible, near- photographic, record of what all the major players actually looked like.

So why is there is there no Holbein of Ann Boleyn? Why is there only a profile of Cardinal Wolsey? Why did he come to England to live and work and be ignored by Henry years before he was adopted as the artist-in-residence? All these questions and more will be answered by the King himself when we are joined by actor/historian Tony Harris for a memorable lecture.

Tony Harris travels all over the UK performing as Henry VIII in front of thousands of people including 20,000 at Wembley Arena in one show and has also entertained British Royalty and President Obama.

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