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Tudor Queens 7 - The Lady Mary by KristinaGehrmann Tudor Queens 7 - The Lady Mary by KristinaGehrmann
Weep, weep, O Walsingham!
Whose days are nights;
Blessings turn'd to blasphemies
Holy deeds to despites.
Sin is where Our Lady sat;
Heaven is turned to Hell!
Satan sits where Our Lord did sway;
Walsingham! O farewell!


(This is a 16th century poem I found in Carolly Erickson's biography "Bloody Mary". Walsingham is an English pilgrimage site that was destroyed during the Reformation. The poem reflects the feelings of the Catholic people of that time, and perhaps also what Mary thought.)

Miladies and gentlemen, I present you "Bloody Mary"! :D My 7th portrait in my series of Tudor Queens.

Born in 1516 as daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor was raised to become Queen of England, just in case. Henry's male heirs indeed were short-lived, and his son Edward, after having ruled as Protestant king, died aged fifteen in 1553. Now it was Mary's turn and she became Queen the same year, at the age of 37. She was a devout Catholic and believed it was her mission to restore England to Catholicism. Which of course was pretty much impossible - one can't stop history once it has started. Until her death in 1558, about 280 Protestant "heretics" were condemned to death. (Source: Wikipedia)

There are several portraits of Mary dating from her time, of which the best known probably are these:
[link] - painted by Master John in 1544
[link] - painted by Antonio Moro in 1555
As you can see I chose to paint her wearing the dress from the earlier painting when she wasn't Queen yet, simply because I like it more :lol:
I'm still wondering about her eyebrows or lack thereof. Was there a fashion of plucking them out, or did Mary have some nutritional deficiency?

Like some symbolism with that painting? :) Here goes: The statuette of the Virgin Mary in the background is her name patron, obviously, and the blood red color of the tapestry also was a conscious choice.

Tool: Photoshop 7 & Wacom tablet. Statue referenced from a work by Tilman Riemenschneider. Carpet and wooden panels from cgtextures.com .

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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She was such an innocent girl until when time gone by she got crazier and crazier. Indeed she was smart, but to see herself blindly trying to do something for a man (like trying to forcibly change the religion from Protestant to Catholicism again) was pretty bad on her part.
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alexsau91 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2014
Learn your history, please. Mary, as a girl with a tragic childhood, was never an 'innocent girl'; she was not crazy, and she most certainly did not change England's faith to please a man.

Mary was a pious women who saw her faith torn down in front of her - and after her status, legitimacy and her beloved mother were taken from her, that was ALL she had. She became Queen after Henry VII and Edward VI murdered thousands upon thousands of Catholics. All she sought to do was restore the 'Old Faith'. England's faith before Henry tore it up, for purely selfish reasons. Yes she burnt people, that was standard for heretics of the time -  compared to the numbers Henry, Elizabeth, and Edward killed every year for religious reasons Mary's reign was not excessively bloody - that was stories that came decades and centuries after, by Protestants who wanted a popular hate figure. 

And it's also worth noting, that of all Henry's children - Mary was by far the nicest to her siblings. Unlike her brother, for example, she did not try and deprive her sister of the throne. And Mary Stuart was a far closer heir than Jane Grey ever was, and Mary - unlike Elizabeth - was undisputed. 
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hm, the Edward one I didn't know about. Probably because around where I live, books on him aren't around (plus the internet can side on some many sides).
I guess I thought Mary was the 'crazy' one because most books are most likely lies about her (if there are a good one on her let me know), so yeah, thanks for telling me.
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LadyCastlemaine Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so good, it really looks like her too
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TatianaRomanov21 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my this is so good:)
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LadyAnneBoleyn00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Oh, my, lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FinisCoronatOpus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
magnificent!
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CelticIrishgirl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
As much as I despise the woman, this is amazing!
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SenshiOfMyth Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist
If only 16th century painters painted like you :D
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Actually she was quite successful. It was her half sister, Queen Elizabeth I, that cemented England as a protestant nation by continuing the work of their father Henry VIII. If we are going by a body count, it should be Bloody Elizabeth.
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