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Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of Christina of Denmark.

1538. Oil on wood. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note.

Hans Holbein. Portrait of Christina of Denmark.

Christina (Kristina) of Denmark. After Jane Seymore’s death Henry VIII was looking for the next wife. Holbein was sent to Brussels to execute the portrait of Christina, this work, which was accomplished within only three hours, is the result. The portrait impressed officials and Henry VIII himself. But Christina’s common sense sabotaged Henry’s hopes for marriage: ‘if I had two heads, one would be at the service of the King of England.’ In this way she expressed her disapproval of the beheading of his previous wife, Anne Boleyn