Ambrosius Benson - The Magdalen Reading [c.1525]
The Magdalen is shown with her attribute, the pot of ointment with which she anointed Christ. This is one of many versions of the composition by Benson. The design may ultimately derive from a figure such by Rogier van der Weyden. It seems to have been a popular subject in the Low Countries in the 16th century. Benson came from Lombardy. In 1519 he was a master in Bruges, where he was working as a painter. [Oil on oak, 41 x 36.2 cm]…
Mary Brandon, Lady Monteagle, daughter of Charles Brandon, step-daughter of Mary Tudor
Lady Mary Brandon was born in 1510. She was the daughter of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Anne Browne. She married Sir Thomas Stanley, 2nd Lord Monteagle, son of Sir Edward Stanley, 1st Lord Monteagle, and Elizabeth Vaughan, between 1527 and 1529. She died between 1540 and 1544.
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543) - Anne Cresacre (c.1511-1577)
A portrait drawing of Anne Cresacre (c.1511-1577), wife of John More the Younger. A half-length portrait facing three-quarters to the right. She wears a double band headdress, a dress with a square décolletage, and is seated on a roughly sketched chair. This drawing is a preparatory study for the More family group (now destroyed).
Mary Shelton, paternal first cousin of Queen Anne Boleyn
Mary Shelton was the daughter of Anne Boleyn, sister of Thomas Boleyn, Queen Anne's father. Preparatory ad vivam sketch by Holbein. A portrait drawing of Mary, Lady Heveningham (1510/15-1570/71), wife of Sir Anthony Heveningham, daughter of Sir John Shelton, and cousin of Queen Anne Boleyn. A bust length portrait facing three-quarters to the right. She wears a necklace, pendant and medallion. Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at upper left: The Lady Henegham.
Anne Cresacre, 1511-1577, by Holbein the Younger. Anne was the ward, then the daughter-in-law of Sir Thomas More, the wife of his son John. (Not Frances Stuart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, 1647-1702!)
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Joanna of Castile – Childhood and betrothal
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