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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 .

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LadyCastlemaine May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so good, it really looks like her too
TatianaRomanov21 May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my this is so good:)
Oh, my, lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FinisCoronatOpus Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CelticIrishgirl Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
As much as I despise the woman, this is amazing!
If only 16th century painters painted like you :D
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.
riverotter7 Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I fully agree. Elizabeth burned more bodies than Mary ever did yet Mary is the sister who was the one was dubbed "Bloody", poor Darling. Considering Mary's health problems in her twenties and beyond, had Old Harry been smart (which he wasn't and far too egotistical. He needed a good crack upside the head evangelically but that's FAR another argument)he would have married Mary in her early teens to Reginald Pole thus combining the two "Roses" again and hoped for a Grandson or three out of a healthy happy daughter.
Granted that's all hearsay; but Mary had the guts to ride out having her religion through her Father's reign and the hell of her brother's (poor thing to die like that). All it did was strengthen her own resolve when she became Queen that her own subjects should have choice of their own religions -- until Spanish Catholics told her that Philip wouldn't come to England to marry her until she changed the National religion back to Catholicism only.
Poor Mary. It really sucked to be her. She had so few happy days and so many unhappy ones.
I liked Mary Tudor until she became all crazy lol

Love the painting
Haineko14 Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bloody Mary is this Mary idiots ^^
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