The Courtship of Anne Boleyn

  • Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, The Courtship of Anne Boleyn, 1846, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1980.28

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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.

Title
The Courtship of Anne Boleyn
Artist
Date
1846
Location
Dimensions
28 1/2 x 40 1/8 in. (72.4 x 101.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – courting
  • Occupation – other – aristocrat
  • Architecture Interior – castle
  • Portrait female – Boleyn, Anne – full length
  • Figure group
  • Portrait male – Henry VIII, King – full length
Object Number
1980.28
Palette
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