Holbein Portraits of Anne of Cleves

Holbein was commissioned to create a portrait of Anne of Cleves for Henry VII of England in part because Lucas Cranach was not going to be available.

Holbein’s style is very realistic, his portraits can be taken as documents of both the physical world and the dignity of his subjects can be viewed in that light.

The portrait that Holbein painted of Anne of Cleves. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Anne_of_Cleves_by_Hans_Holbein_der_J%C3%BCngere_(Louvre)

The miniature portrait of Anne of Cleves. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Anne_of_Cleves_by_Hans_Holbein_der_J%C3%BCngere_(miniature)

This sketch is probably Anne of Cleves after she had settled in England. Though various attributions suggest this is Amalia, the sitter is clearly wearing English dress- the bonnet over a wide oval framed linen piece is very similar to those in a portrait of Katherine Parr. The sitter’s features are also sharper possibly suggesting a later age.

Below: Queen Katherine Parr. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Catherine_Parr_from_NPG.jpg

Katherine’s headdress is a later form of the style of Flemish or French hood, the frame shape is not the same as is worn in the North Rhine at this stage.