The Courtship of Anne Boleyn

  • Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, The Courtship of Anne Boleyn, 1846, oil, 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
Artists
Date
1846
On View
Dimensions
28 1/2 x 40 1/8 in. (72.4 x 101.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

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