Katherine of Aragon

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Katherine of Aragon, by Unknown artist, circa 1520 - NPG L246 - By permission of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church Commissioners; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London

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
Primary Collection
NPG L246


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  • Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536), First Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 13 portraits.

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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.

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Current affairs

The '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 science

The German gunsmith Gaspard Kotter invents rifling in the barrels of firearms, improving their range and accuracy.

International

The 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.

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