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The Courtship of Anne Boleyn

1846 Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze Born: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany 1816 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1868 oil on canvas 28 1/2 x 40 1/8 in. (72.4 x 101.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1980.28 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 7A


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This painting shows King Henry VIII of England and his mistress, Anne Boleyn. Henry fell in love with Anne, Queen Katharine’s lady-in-waiting, and divorced his Spanish wife so that he could marry her. To the left of Henry and Anne, the ambassador from Spain expresses his disgust as he watches the king carry out his affair in public. Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze was a supporter of the American and German revolutions and may have painted King Henry’s infamous betrayal to show his distaste for royalty.

Keywords

Architecture Interior - castle

Figure group

Occupation - other - aristocrat

Portrait female - Boleyn, Anne - full length

Portrait male - Henry VIII, King - full length

Recreation - courting

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

Born: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany 1816 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1868

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