Faces of the Tudors: 16th Century Portraits with Hattie Bennett

Faces of the Tudors: 16th Century Portraits with Hattie Bennett


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Henry VIII's court painter, Hans Holbein captures in precise and deft sketches images of the men and women of the Henrician court, working many up into glowing painted portraits in which the faces appear as immediate as if captured in film. His image of Henry VIII is a tour-de-force in the portrayal of regal might whilst his portraits of courtiers such as Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell have biased character opinions ever since. Henry's daughter Elizabeth I carefully controlled her own image through the portrait, abandoning any realism in favor of symbolism and majesty, resulting in her portrayal as Gloriana, white-faced and stiff with symbolic jewels.

In this talk, we will explore Henry and Elizabeth's court, the wives, the suitors, the movers and shakers, heroes, and villains. We will compare how subsequent monarchs have used the portrait as propaganda whilst finally considering if portraits still have a place in the portrayal of the modern royal family.

Hattie Bennett has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th-century prints and drawings. This sparked a keen interest in portraiture and English art, as well as the printed image.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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K
K.

Good topics with great presenters

M
M.

Hattie’s session on Tudor portraiture was outstanding. I truly enjoyed it! Fascinating.

K
K.

I love the opportunity to continue to learn even when I can’t travel

J
J.

This was so interesting even when I am fairly knowledgeable about Tudor history. Hattie introduced us to many novel ways to view Tudor art.

S
S.

I sort of prefer it for the audience to be more anonymous - although I know the events are supposed to be like in-person tours, but I mainly want to hear from the expert, not the other people watching. Even if just they're talking with questions at the end. For topics - I'm mainly interested in Europe, and like in-depth examination of collections or buildings such as Versailles, cathedrals/buildings in Spain - and if possible to do with some video, not just slides (although maybe impossible to do this during a lockdown). Personally I'm trying to get better acquainted with geography of France - maybe some histories of different cities or regions? Buildings of Medieval France? The story of the Cathars? Life of Joan of Arc? Vichy France? The path of the D-Day invasion?

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
89%
(8)
0%
(0)
11%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
K
K.

Good topics with great presenters

M
M.

Hattie’s session on Tudor portraiture was outstanding. I truly enjoyed it! Fascinating.

K
K.

I love the opportunity to continue to learn even when I can’t travel

J
J.

This was so interesting even when I am fairly knowledgeable about Tudor history. Hattie introduced us to many novel ways to view Tudor art.

S
S.

I sort of prefer it for the audience to be more anonymous - although I know the events are supposed to be like in-person tours, but I mainly want to hear from the expert, not the other people watching. Even if just they're talking with questions at the end. For topics - I'm mainly interested in Europe, and like in-depth examination of collections or buildings such as Versailles, cathedrals/buildings in Spain - and if possible to do with some video, not just slides (although maybe impossible to do this during a lockdown). Personally I'm trying to get better acquainted with geography of France - maybe some histories of different cities or regions? Buildings of Medieval France? The story of the Cathars? Life of Joan of Arc? Vichy France? The path of the D-Day invasion?