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TQ1 - Catherine of Aragon by KristinaGehrmann TQ1 - Catherine of Aragon by KristinaGehrmann
Kristina Gehrmann

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I want to make a series of Tudor Queens. After watching the whole of "The Tudors" AND reading biographies by Carolly Erickson AND novels by Philippa Gregory, it felt natural. Lots of inspiration in those dramatic stories!

My first painting in this series shows Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536), though I think there were other Tudor queens before her. But my painting series will be long enough from there , since I plan to paint all other queens after her, ending with Elizabeth I.

Catherine was Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England (the crazy one with the 6 wives, y'know)

The next portraits in this series will feature:
2) Anne Boleyn
3) Jane Seymour
4) Anne of Cleves
5) Catherine Howard
6) Catherine Parr
7) Mary I
8) Elizabeth I

Reference for face features from this original portrait by Michael Sittow: [link]
Pose reference from ~Gracies-Stock <3

Thanks for looking! :heart:
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First off, I have to say this looks wonderful. I love how this looks like a traditional oil painting. The colors that you chose really contrast well with each other and push the figure forward. I really love all of the small details in her jewelry that you added as well.

Her face is really well rendered and it looks amazing. However, I think the dress could be rendered a little better to match the face. I understand that you were probably going for atmospheric perspective with the sides of her body kind of blending in with the background, but I think that especially with her right arm holding up her head, the sleeve of that dress could be rendered a bit more to match the face and give the picture some more depth. Also, the area where her elbow is meeting her dress doesn't look like it's showing much weight.

The last thing that I can really critique on is probably the anatomy of her right arm. The upper arm looks rather small and is angled as though it doesn't meet the lower arm at the elbow.

Anyways, I hope this helps and that it made sense. Your painting really does look great, I had to be pretty nit-picky! =D
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ChristopherReality Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, just came across this and it is fantastic. Love Hug 
Flamestar00 Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful! The only one not in this series is Elizabeth of York wife of Henry VII the first tudor monarch. She was the mother of Henry VIII although you probably know that xD
shamylicious Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally I am not a a Christian, but i really like Catherine of Aragon and her Life and Destiny..
TatianaRomanov21 May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very good:)
Correct Hair colour, rosary in her hand and French hood.... THANK YOU!!!!! CAtherine of Aragon bought the French hood to England NOT anne Boleyn x
Shennondoah Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree with Luminela below, but the expressive face take the look away from the arms and dress in the lower part of the image.
riverotter7 Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The portrait favours her. Have you seen the one by Michael Sittow as well? That was done when Katherine was a Young Lady in Spain and is so very lovely.
This portrait you've done of her is one of the Wife struggling to suit herself to a straying husband and trying to calm her own loving heart by using religion to do it. She never gave in.
The one problem I have with this picture is the plain-ness of Katherine's dress. She loved rich fabrics, gold-picked designs and jewelry. She used the Queen's Jewels to their best and although she grew plump with age and child-bearing, she never stopped looking like the Queen she was until pushed to it by Henry -- and then she still fought him. England could have been founded on her had things been different.

Yes, I fell in love with Michael Sittow's portrait of her and have it framed in the middle of all my Norse Studies/Religious material which takes up my Study/Library (and far far into L-Space). Does L-Space ever get full? I'm not going into the closet to find out.

You, my Love, have still brought to light the tortured face of a tortured Queen. An Excellent Job!
KristinaGehrmann Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) I used Sittow's portrait as reference.
Gillianren Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just FYI, both The Tudors and the novels of Philippa Gregory are AWFUL history. Your work is lovely and an interesting take on the Tudor women, but do yourself a favour and find better historical references.
riverotter7 Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do agree. The HBO series is HORRID history and is skewed and butchered -- never mind the fact that I have it and am working on getting the Borgias. I like Soap operas as well as the next person but I don't allow them to write my History.
Phillipa Gregory is a novelist not a Historian. Carolly Erikson used to write excellent work but recently has slipped into iffy work. I suggest you get off of Wiki and into the heavy History stacks of a University library if you have access to one. Even a Local Library -- provided you NOT use novels-- will do you some good. If you can, Inter-Library Loan some items. Your Librarian can Help you. that's what we're there for.
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