Katherine of Aragon
1 portrait on display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
By permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church Commissioners; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London
Katherine of Aragon
by Unknown artist
oil on oak panel, circa 1520
20 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (520 mm x 420 mm)
Lent by Church Commissioners for England, 2011
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Sitterback to top
- Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), First Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait is paired with a painting of Henry VIII following the recent re-identification of the portrait of Katherine of Aragon. While they did not originally form a pair, they are of a comparable date and scale, and share a similar green damask background. Both are likely to be examples of portrait types of the king and queen that would have been produced in multiple versions, some of which would have been paired in this way.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 33
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Henry and Catherine Reunited (24 January 2013 - 1 September 2013)
Events of 1520back to top
Current affairsThe 'Field of Cloth of Gold' - an elaborately staged meeting between the courts of King Henry VIII and Francis I of France takes place near Calais.
Art and scienceThe German gunsmith Gaspard Kotter invents rifling in the barrels of firearms, improving their range and accuracy.
InternationalThe German Protestant reformer Martin Luther publicly burns the Papal bull Exsurge Domine (Arise, O Lord), written in response to his 95 Theses. Luther is subsequently excommunicated.The Stockholm Bloodbath - Danish troops massacre Swedish nobles and churchmen opposed to the rule of Christian II of Denmark. Death of Selim I and succession of Suleiman I as Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
See this portrait
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 31 December
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
19 December, 12:30