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TudorQueens 4 - Anne of Cleves by KristinaGehrmann TudorQueens 4 - Anne of Cleves by KristinaGehrmann
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Here's number 4 in my series of Tudor Queens =)

"Anne of Cleves was a German noblewoman and the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England and as such she was Queen of England from 6 January 1540 to 9 July 1540. The marriage was never consummated, and she was not crowned queen consort. Following the annulment of their marriage, Anne was given a generous settlement by the King, and thereafter referred to as the King's Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Mary I of England, outlasting the rest of Henry's wives."

(quoted from Wikipedia - [link] )

Time: about 10-20h
Medium: Photoshop + Wacom tablet
100% hand painted with love by yours truly :D
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The marriage was orchestrated for political purposes by Henry's advisor, Thomas "Wolf Hall" Cromwell, who lost his head over the matter.
Shmelanna Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student
Lovely work, I like that you've refreshed the original painting of her with a little more liveliness :)
LadyCastlemaine Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so good, not enough people draw Anne of Cleves
TatianaRomanov21 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so amazing!!!!
LadyAnneBoleyn00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
She looks so pretty....
Arlome Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art is simply amazing!
KyraWildheart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Anne was always one of my favouites- her story was very inspiring and I fell so bad for what she had gone through- must have been terrifying!
imhilien Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice. :)
broadwayfreak123 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I've been quite fond of English history for quite some time now and the Tudor era has been one that I've been fascinated with the longest. The thought processes of both Henry and the women he married are just wonderful to speculate. Though all of his queens were different from one another and unique in their own ways, I've found my favorites of his wives to be those least recognized by history. Anne of Cleves was truly the most fascinating of all the eight women involved in his life, if you were to ask me. She was a woman from Germany who knew very little English, coming to marry the King of England who'd had three wives before her. It's no wonder why when Henry asked for a divorce, she willingly agreed. She became one of the most influential women to Henry, as he came to her for advice many times. In fact, out of all of Henry's queens, aside from Catherine of Aragon, Anne of Cleves became the most important figure in the politics of the day. And yet, she is only known as the ugly queen. It's a shame that people don't study her beyond that.

Thank you so much for your beautiful rendition of this lovely lady. Your art is truly amazing and I'm so glad that you've decided to cover one of my favorite time periods in history. All of your works have been amazing and I'm just happy that you have done each lady involved in this time period, including my favorite, Anne of Cleves, and Lady Jane Grey. I love each work and I applaud you on your effort in making each of these.
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
MissSindy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Do you know why they only remained married for that long or why it wasnt consummated?
doryfan1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
She was definantly lucky but if she was executed i think it would cause great offences in germany
Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful oO
JadeJoyMann Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I've always found her to be, in paintings, seemingly very pretty and demure. I thought you captured that well.
pandapaws Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
She was my fav out of all of Henry the VIII wives even tho he called her a "flanders mare". I personally think she was the prettiest and was misunderstood before even given a proper chance.

Nice work!
EriksAngelOfMusic22 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think she was the luckiest of the wives! Other than being called 'ugly' by the king.
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Still think she wasn't ugly. Plain sure, but the descriptions of her aren't that bad.
Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Well, it's said that to Henry she was ugly because...

1) He was still mourning for Jane and didn't want a new wife except for producing another heir besides his only son.
2) She had curves. Henry likes slender women instead of curvy and in his own words, her big breasts turned him off. And as described by the others, her face wasn't really ugly at all. Today such thing would be thought as very appealing. :lmao:

But Henry was a "little" crazy, anyway...
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Yeah he was rather particular. And it might have been to her benefit anyways 
Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
So do you mean that it her her benefit that he wasn't too attached to her?
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Yeah, most of his wives don't have happy endings, so having him send her back was probably the best for her health. 
Elaini-the-Mystic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I see your point - marrying Henry meant a special status, but for health and sanity marrying him was not a good choice at all. He was a very abusive husband but always got away with it. A princess actually declined his proposal, saying that if she had two necks she's be happy to marry him. Honestly one of the best comebacks I've ever heard of. :lmao:

He didn't send Anne away though. She was allowed to stay, as king's "beloved sister" and she would then have family dinners with Henry and his new wives. That's a little crazy as well.
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Yep exactly. And i hadn't heard of that. It's a very good comeback. If your husband is the king, who is going to be able to report it to? 

Yeah that is a little crazy. Didn't know that, except for Henry VII I consider the Tudors a messed up dynasty no matter who it was. Though lots of Tudor fans don't like my views on Elizabeth I. 
Bohomouse Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
She was the luckiest of them all, she got entitlement and didn't even have to lift her shirt!
I think we can learn from her :P
Riemea Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, ich hab mich gerade durch deine gallery geklickt, und dachte mir bei jedem Bild ,Nee, dass kannst du jetz nicht auch noch faven^^ Eine wunderschöne gallery hast du!
Und zum Bild: Ich liebe ihre Pose und ihren Blick :) Mach weiter so!
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Cloverdeer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
haha she does indeed seem like very much cheery~ :) i can see why Henry would seem to treat her as his "sister" if he wasn't serious at all with her~
ElissaKarminakria Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the famous dress she wore on Holbein's portrait, isn't it ? I like it very much !
Basike-Crowolf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this one most of all 8 :D
spirit-of-the-stone Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
wow, nice!
StormyHotWolf88 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
wow. It really looks like one of those old paintings. The glitter gold bits have always fascinated me on how they did them.
L-U-C-K-Y-Diamond Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww! this is really pretty! I love her facial expresion, it's really sweet

great work :squee:

Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
I was wondering, did you decide you paint her as fairly pretty as a nod to the portrait that duped Henry into marrying her? Someone has mentioned this already, but I wondered if that were the reason. You definitely captured her innocence, such a large factor in her short relation with Henry as she believed she would become pregnant simply because he kissed her at the marriage ceremony :)
I love the story of the six queens! Such a good idea you had to paint them.
JillDragon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I always thought that out of all of Henry's wives she had the most common sense in agreeing to the annulment and getting such generous terms out of him in the process. She also never remarried and chose to manage her own estates and live an independent life which was fairly unusual for a woman at the time.
Disciple77 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is great! They say she was really ugly, but I saw a portrait of her and she was kind of pretty. I think Henry 8th was still mourning the loss of Jane Seymour, and didn't want to remarry at the time.
KatieInTraining Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Anne of Cleves is my favorite Tudor Queen. The poor thing was sent from her home in Germany to the court of the English King only to find out that he thought she was ugly. Then they played cards on their wedding night and he treated her well for the rest of her life. I think she was probably the luckiest of the wives. This painting is beautiful!
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
TaniaAV Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awesome job!!!
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
TaniaAV Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
your welcome:aww:
Arah019 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Excellent work!
Puddum Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, stunning! I love the amazing amount of detail you put into this, it looks like you put a lot of time into it (which is clear by the 10-20h estimate). Her expression is very sweet and I love her pose. Fantastic work!
kairitonks Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
She was the lucky one.
jingjer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PajaroDeFuego Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Wow! Amazing!
morosemordant Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite of his wives. She put up with a lot from him in those few months. A book i recommend is My Lady of Cleves, it was written in the 1940s and is a wonderful telling of her story.
Lathroniel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The minister in question was Master secretary Cromwell. He soon fell out of favour with the king after this, and his execution was one of the more bloody ones... the executioner being drunk when he performed his task. Anne was very naive when she came over to England, barely knowing a word of english. You cant help but feel sorry for her, but in the end, she got the best deal out of the 6 of henrys wives.

Great work as usual :D well done
Furrylittleproblem12 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Love it :+fav:
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