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King Edward I
by Unknown artistoil on panel, 1597-161822 7/8 in. x 17 3/4 in. (580 mm x 450 mm) unevenPurchased, 1974NPG 4980(6)
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28 September 2015, 21:29
A contemporary chronicaler noted that both King Henry III and his son Edward III suffered a ptosis of the eyelid as is depicted in this painting. The painting accurately depicts a paralysis of the right eyelid indicating that the painting is a copy of an earlier accurate contemporary portrait.
Facial reconstructions of royal mummies show that accurate 3D portraiture already existed in Egypt 3,500 years ago. In England we can trace true portraiture back to the reign of Henry III. Art historians are determined to ignore evidence of medieval portraiture as in conflicts with the inaccurate dogmas which are drummed into students of the history of art.
(In your notes on the portrait set of medieval Kings you say that the artist draws the eye like this because of the written record, but the original written record says right eye. Other early portraits include King Richard on the Wilton Diptych and a painted 3D painted head of Edward II in Bristol Cathedral ignored by everyone.Ed II is depicted cross-eyed.
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