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  • Who painted Henry?

    The earliest portrait miniatures known to have been produced in England are head-and-shoulder portraits of the young Henry VIII attributed to Lucas Horenbout. Could there be links to the 16th-century portrait panel of Henry in the Art Gallery of NSW collection?

    1 year, 11 months ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • Making a Tudor frame

    Having established the Gallery's Henry VIII portrait was some 500 years old, there were new questions to answer. What were picture frames like in Tudor England, and how do you go about making a reproduction frame fit for a king?

    2 years ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • Restoring Henry

    Even before our recent investigations into the mysteries of the Henry VIII portrait in the Gallery’s collection, we knew that some alterations had been made to the artwork. Now, the painting has been restored to let the original work shine.

    2 years ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • Dendrochronologists do it with trees

    It’s truly extraordinary how much information there is locked within a piece of wood. To help unlock the secrets of the Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait, which is painted on an oak panel, we turned to dendrochronology or tree-ring dating.

    2 years, 1 month ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • Signs of the Cast Shadow Master

    Mystery surrounds the Gallery’s portrait of Henry VIII. To get closer to the truth – and to help us plan its much-needed conservation treatment – we needed to get much, much closer to the painting itself.

    2 years, 1 month ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • Sharing your image, Tudor style

    In early 16th-century England the art of portraiture was developing rapidly and there were more pictures of King Henry VIII in existence than of any earlier British monarch. But who created these images, and how?

    2 years, 2 months ago, by Project Team Henry VIII

  • The not-so-young Henrys

    The Art Gallery of NSW owns a portrait of Henry VIII, one of the world’s most recognisable figures, but until recently we knew little about it. Some of the artwork’s deepest secrets have now been revealed, following a major research project.

    2 years, 2 months ago, by Project Team Henry VIII