Henry VIII. Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547.
   Portraits often reflect his power and authority as king, showing him in elaborate clothing with regal symbols. Some artworks depict his role as a patron of the arts and learning.
   A smaller number of paintings depict Henry with his wives and children. However, due to the tumultuous nature of his marriages, these are less common.
   Early portraits sometimes depict him as a defender of the Catholic Church. Later works, after the English Reformation, might downplay religious iconography.
   As Henry aged, his health declined, and some portraits reflect this. These might show him heavier, with a more weathered appearance. In some cases, Henry VIII might be depicted symbolically, using his image to represent broader ideas like power, vanity, or the Tudor Dynasty. He was known for his larger-than-life personality, his tumultuous marriages, and his significant impact on the political and religious landscape of England. One of the most famous portraits of Henry VIII is the so-called Holbein portrait, painted by the German artist Hans Holbein the Younger in 1537. This portrait depicts Henry VIII in a powerful and imposing pose, with his legs spread apart and his ha
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