Posted by: nedlnthred | April 17, 2016

Pulling teeth (er, words)




Michel von Sittow’s Magdalene, thought to use young Catalina as model

Wordcount today:

Queenship argument: 8473

Magnificence (BGC show): 9182

Portraiture: 14715

Total as of April 16, 2016: 32,370

Total to go: 267,630

CofA red colr

Probably Katherine as Queen, sometime in the 1510s




That’s something, anyway. Getting somewhere.



Today’s mindful focusing questions:

  1. Regardless of who these portraits display for a moment, why were they painted?
  2. By whom were they painted (less important, maybe?)
  3. Were they commissioned by the crown or by the holder?
  4. If by the holder, then how did the painter get a likeness to copy?


Let’s assume then, that these *are* Katherine of Aragon.

  1. What is she wearing?
  2. Based on that, when were they painted?
  3. Why only black and red when we know from wardrobe accounts that she had clothes in other colors?
  4. What was the significance of Red and Black dress that they are seen/worn so prominently?
  5. (Why isn’t Henry dressed in black in any of his portraits?)



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