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A Portrait of the King: Henry VIII Reigns in “Tudors to Windsors” November 7, 2018

By Sarah Hobson
Tags: video, tudors-to-windsors, henry-viii

Holbein - Henry VIII

Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Henry VIII, 1540, oil on wood, Palazzo Barberini, Rome.

Hans Holbein the Younger’s portraits of King Henry VIII are among the most famous of English monarchs. Holbein was one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century and was said to be the eye of the Tudor court because of his precision and his incredible deftness.

Houston audiences have the opportunity to come face-to-face with Holbein’s Henry VIII in the galleries of Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol. The painting is on rare loan from the Palazzo Barberini in Rome, and recently arrived in Houston.

Hit “play” below to watch the installation process for Holbein’s “Portrait of Henry VIII.”

See more in “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol,” on view in the Law Building through January 27.