Wednesday, 20 February 2013
A Life Changing Portrait
This is the infamous portrait that would convince Henry VIII to marry Anne of Cleves. Hans Holbein was sent to Cleves to paint a likeness of the sisters Anne and Amelia of Cleves. When he returned the King adored the portrait of Anne of Cleves and consequently chose her as his fourth wife. But the King's adoration turned to disgust when she arrived for their wedding where he immediately proclaimed that he "liked her not" and that she looked like a horse.
If we are to judge by this picture - not regarding whether Holbein beautified it or not - Anne of Cleves was definitely not ugly - personally I think she is rather beautiful and looks like a very sweet person.