Hans Holbein paid much attention to the transfer of plastic properties of objects, the formation of light. He was attracted to materials that were made from the things he portrayed. He very skillfully conveyed in the picture accessories, clothes that surround a person. In the history of painting, he entered as a very large master portrait.
When there were religious wars, Holbein moved to England. And there he served for many years at court as a court painter. His work “Portrait of Henry VIII” is the only portrait of the work of this master, which has reached our days.
King Henry VIII of England is a very controversial figure. He was very capable in the sciences, music. He knew how to play several instruments, he had a beautiful voice. During the 38 years of his reign, many memorable events occurred, and above all by the fact that he had six wives, two of them he ordered to be beheaded.
The costume of the depicted king has buttons, ornaments are made of gold, and the background was created with a very precious blue pigment (ultramarine) at that time.
Even without knowing who is depicted in the picture, it is immediately apparent from his posture, clothing, and ornaments, that a very distinguished person is depicted. The king was a large build. He has a very proud, straight posture, holds a glove in a bent hand, there are rings on both hands. In his eyes, mind, hardness of character, a certain life experience are guessed. His face itself little reflects any emotions, which may indicate its small secrecy.
His tight and thin lips say that he is a vain man, quickly striving to achieve what he wants. Such a person is always serious about his intentions.
The lower lip is thicker than the upper lip, which indicates the ability to convince, the ability to focus on affairs. They say that they love more deeds, less words.