The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, August 1, 2014


National Portrait Gallery reunites portraits of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon after 500 years
King Henry VIII, unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, c.1520, © National Portrait Gallery, London.
LONDON.- Henry and Catherine Reunited places portraits of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon together for the first time in nearly 500 years. The pictures will be on show from today (Friday 25 January) at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The rare early portrait of Catherine of Aragon has been placed on loan from Lambeth Palace and has undergone an extensive programme of research and conservation treatment prior to its display.

During a research visit to Lambeth Palace staff from the Gallery’s conservation and curatorial department noticed a portrait hanging in a private sitting room. The portrait depicted a woman in costume which dated from the 1520s to 1530s. The sitter had previously been identified as Henry VIII’s last wife Catherine Parr. However, the facial features and costume shared more similarities with known works depicting Henry VIII’s first wife Catherine of Aragon. The other striking element of the piece was its rare original engaged frame (a frame that was constructed around the panel support for the portrait before it was painted).

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church Commissioners generously allowed the Gallery to borrow the portrait for further research, including technical analysis. Examination of the painting in raking light indicated that it originally had a patterned background. Further analysis showed that it would be possible to remove the black over paint from the background to reveal the original green finish which imitates damask silk; the National Portrait Gallery’s portrait of King Henry VIII c. 1520 shares a similar brocade background. An X-ray indicated a veil attached to Catherine’s headdress and it became evident that a large amount of over painting had altered the characterization of the sitter’s face. This research confirmed the re-identification of the portrait as Catherine of Aragon, and also underpinned the subsequent conservation treatment of the painting.

Examination of the frame revealed that elements of the original decorative finish survived beneath layers of later paint and gilding. The discovery of the original Tudor finish is an extremely rare find. It combines oil gilding with coloured bands of blue and red which were painted with the pigments azurite and vermillion. A large proportion of the original finish was recovered enabling the National Portrait Gallery’s conservation team to reconstruct the areas of loss and damage. The restored colour scheme adds to the aesthetic reading of the painting.

The portrait was compared with the National Portrait Gallery’s painting of Henry VIII from the same period which is a similar composition. Whilst not suggesting the works originally formed a pair, the costume dates them to the same period and the works are of the same scale. It is likely that both are examples of the type of portraits of the king and queen that would have been produced in multiple versions, some of which would have been paired in this way.

This research was undertaken as part of Making Art in Tudor Britain, a project which has used scientific techniques to analyse the portraits in the display to increase the understanding of the working practices of Tudor artists.

Dr Charlotte Bolland, Project Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London says: ‘It is wonderful to have the opportunity to display this important early portrait of Catherine of Aragon at the Gallery. Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon were married for nearly twenty four years and during that time their portraits would have been displayed together in this fashion, as king and queen of England.’

This painting was identified as a part of the major five year research project Making Art in Tudor Britain. This project is supported by: AHRC, British Academy, John S Cohen Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Idlewild Trust, Leche Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Mercers’ Company, PF Charitable Trust, Marit and Hans Rausing Charitable Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Henry and Catherine Reunited is on display in Room 1 from 25 January 2013, admission free



Last Week News

January 24, 2013

French masterpiece by 17th century artist Charles Le Brun discovered in the Hotel Ritz

Romanian suspects in Dutch art heist 'tried to sell paintings'; others involved in the heist

Christie's to sell a selection of 128 works from the collection of Mrs. Ingvild Goetz

Five British icons Bacon, Hockney, Jones, Doig, Hirst at auction at Christie's London

Three "Life Drawings" by Jules Olitski acquired by the Phillips Collection in Washington

One of Impressionist artist Camille Pissarro's only pair of seascapes surfaces at Bonhams

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts appoints new Curator of Southeast Asian Art

Jenness Cortez presents new, important work of American Realism at DeBruyne Fine Art

Venezuelan museum's missing Matisse painting thieves sentenced in Miami by US federal court

For the first time out of Europe, Toulouse-Lautrec & his world begins its U.S. tour in New Britain

Stolen Henri Matisse painting back in Sweden's Moderna Museet after 25 years

Betjeman manuscript of 'The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel' for sale at Bonhams

Contemporary American artist Roni Horn wins the fourth edition of the Joan Miró Prize

Portraits of women, and self-portraits, on view at American Folk Art Museum

Ayyam Gallery opens gallery space in London with exhibition by Lebanese artist and architect Nadim Karam

Mad. Sq. Art announces Camera Obscura by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

Spirit of Studio 54 electrifies Palm Beach Modern's auction of Steve Rubell archive

Artist Christo takes small steps on Colorado project

Swann Galleries' February 14 auction to include works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Rare posters seized by Nazis net $2.5M at New York City sale

January 23, 2013

Romanian authorities arrest three men involved in Rotterdam museum art heist

Pioneer of Surrealism Max Ernst's first retrospective in Austria opens at Albertina

Precision and splendor: Exhibition of clocks and watches opens at the Frick Collection

French paintings from the Wheelock Whitney Collection on view at the Metropolitan

German artist Wolfgang Laib installs large-scale pollen field in MoMA's Marron Atrium

Museum of City of New York unveils "Micro-Unit" in Making Room: New Housing for New Yorkers

Metropolitan Museum's new galleries for Islamic Art Department draw one million visitors

Major new exhibition examines the role of the economy in shaping all aspects of human life

Columbus Museum of Art moves forward with expansion, presents building plans

European paintings, furniture and decorative arts lead Bonhams first San Francisco sale of 2013

Studio Museum announces 2012 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize awarded to Jennie C. Jones

1792 Half Disme brings $1.41 million to lead FUN U.S. Coin event in Orlando, Florida

Morphy's Feb. 8-9 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction brings outstanding fresh collections to the marketplace

Taking Matters into our own Hands: Group exhibition opens at Richard Saltoun

Rock and Roll memorabilia sale reflects life of legendary music executive

First UK solo show of works by acclaimed Azeri artist Niyaz Najafov opens at Gazelli Art House

Iconic Louvre work 'Winged Victory' to be restored

Smithsonian curators scout for Obama artifacts

Second inaugural fashion set for presidential library

January 22, 2013

Romanian authorities arrest three men involved in Rotterdam museum art heist

Gustav Klimt 150th anniversary celebrations help Vienna to record tourism year in 2012

The National Museum of Scotland displays a host of treasures from the home of the Vikings

Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art shows recently acquired pair of Japanese screens

A century of fashion photography from the Condé Nast archives at Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia

Art on the go, "Museum Space" courtesy of Paris' Charles de Gaulle international airport

New Jersey library displays Kara Walker drawing of slave having sex with a white man

Carrie Pilto appointed Director of the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis

Asaph Hyman, Director of Bonhams Chinese Art Department, is appointed to the Bonhams UK Board of Directors

Artist Nancy Peppin's obsession with Twinkies spans four decades and hundreds of works

Quai Branly Museum's Aboriginal art exhibition scores major hit in Paris with 133,716 visitors

Skylar Fein's "Remember the Upstairs Lounge" acquired by the New Orleans Museum of Art

£20 picture turns out to be £60,000 power print by Cyril Edward Power for sale at Bonhams

Pennsylvania 'dwarf' clock whistles while it works the crowd at Stephenson's New Year's auction

Nation honors King on day of Obama inauguration

Human Rights is the focus of four exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre

Columbus Museum acquires twelve panels from Dawn Black's Conceal Project

With 1,200 newly installed lamps, new Empire State Building spire dazzles rivals

Digital age prompting closure of base theaters

Tunisia jails 16 Islamists for one month over art violence

Dallas Contemporary announces major exhibition of Puerto Rican artist DZINE

January 21, 2013

Gallery One: A new, unique and interactive gallery opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art

After DNA testing confirmed the bones, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly buried in cement

3-D sonar provides new high-resolution images of Civil War shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico

Important Americana for sale at Sotheby's New York on 25 & 26 January

In the Flow of Time: Photographs from Asia 1980-2011 by Steve McCurry on view at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Internationally acclaimed French designer Andree Putman dies aged 87: family

Brazil to give $25 monthly culture stipend to workers to go to movies, read books or visit museums

Luxury and an ancient craft: Top names in world fashion go to Millau for their gloves

Three Italians from Lecco bring to life the first app in the world for art collection cataloguing

Pace presents a two-venue exhibition surveying twenty years of work by the Chinese artist Song Dong

RM Auctions realizes spectacular $36.4 million at Single-Day Arizona Biltmore Sale

Photographer and artist Jack Pierson opens exhibition at Regen Projects in Los Angeles

Carl Solway Gallery opens exhibitions by John Torreano, Hadley Holliday and Diane Landry

Heritage Auctions records best year to date: $860+ million total sales

Kunsthaus Zürich receives around 250,000 visitors; The new year begins with Chagall

Santa Monica Museum of Art presents in Project Room 2 "Samira Yamin: We Will Not Fail"

Diamond-encrusted motorcycle designed by Wayne Rooney up for sale at Bonhams

Thilo Heinzmann, Rashid Johnson and Thomas Zipp exhibit at Galerie Guido W. Baudach

''Holy windfall": Batmobile sells for $4.2M

Exhibition of painting, sculpture and works on paper by McDermott and McGough at Cheim & Read

January 20, 2013

Smithsonian celebrates the 2013 Presidential Inauguration with exhibits and programs

Slovakia's steel hub Kosice dusts off its creative side for "European Capital of Culture" tag

Poland's National Museum expands gallery devoted to 20th- and 21st-century Polish art

Huntington organizes first museum exhibition on Depression-era artist with a political edge

The Assistants: Exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery explores the transitive potential of art

The magic pencil of the amazing F.O.C. Darley at the Brandywine River Museum

Carlos Bunga's first exhibition with Christopher Grimes Gallery opens in Santa Monica

Abbot Hall Art Gallery's first exhibition of 2013 showcases the dazzling images by Uwe Wittwer

British artist Marc Quinn's sculpture of a giant baby unveiled at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Georgia Museum of Artdisplays works of traditional African art from the Collection of Don Kole

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art presents Thomas Demand: Animations

Three new series of works by Kris Martin on view at White Cube Mason's Yard

Survey of lenticular fine art prints from 1967 to the present at Paul Stolper Gallery

Manhattan's celebrated Pier Show, is a source for the exotic beauty and fascination of Asian art and antiques

Joseph Beuys inspires slouchy John Galliano show

Santa Monica Museum of Art presents "Peter Shire: Tea for Two Hundred"

Michener Art Museum presents major Jerry Uelsmann retrospective

Noguchi Museum to publish second chapter of digital catalogue raisonné

Corin Hewitt presents new installation at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Six Texas-based artists explore the region through cinematic metaphor.

January 19, 2013

Thirty large-scale works by the Chilean-born artist Matta on view at Museum Frieder Burda

Brooklyn Museum acquires important collection of works from Black Arts Movement

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston announces major gift of contemporary craft from Daphne Farago Collection

Getty Research Institute announces the acquisition of a rare set of Chinese battle prints

David Galligan to join Walker Art Center in Minneapolis as new Deputy Director

Detroit Institute of Arts collection of early American silver on display after 10 years in storage

Edgar Allan Poe visitor comes nevermore, yet mystery lingers in Baltimore cemetery

Frieze New York 2013: Participating galleries announced for second fair taking place in May

Sotheby's to offer important Americana from the Collection of Dr. Larry McCallister

"Koenraad Dedobbeleer: Workmanship of Certainty" opens at Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac

La Térmica opens its doors with the presentation in Spain of the exhibition Lady Warhol by Christopher Makos

10 installations by contemporary artists whose drawings explore three-dimensional space

A Fragile Existence: The inaugural UK solo exhibition by German artist Silvia Hatzl opens at Rosenfeld Porcini

Iconic images of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on view at the Walker Art Gallery

Myanmar Spitfire hunter still optimistic

"Disappearing into One: Testing Ground for Art and Education" at the Zabludowicz Collection

Gayleen Aiken: Cousins, Quarries and a Nickelodeon at Luise Ross Gallery

Andrea Mary Marshall approaches the enigma of the Mona Lisa in new exhibition at Allegra LaViola Gallery

Inauguration Day marks rare intersection with King

The new year brings new art exhibits to the Customs House Museum

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site