The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England

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By Elizabeth Cleland and Adam Eaker
with contributions by Marjorie E. Wieseman and Sarah Bochicchio

Ruling successively from 1485 through 1603, the five Tudor monarchs used the arts to legitimize and glorify their tumultuous rule, from Henry VII's bloody rise to power, through Henry VIII's breach with the Roman Catholic Church, to the reign of the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I. With incisive scholarship and sumptuous new photography, this book explores the extreme politics and outsize personalities of the Tudors, and how they used art in their diplomacy at home and abroad. Though their truly cosmopolitan courts attracted top artists and artisans from across Europe, the Tudors also nurtured a distinctly English aesthetic that is forever connected to the visual legacy of their dynasty. The Tudors brings to life the family's extravagant and politically precarious world through the exquisite paintings, lush textiles, gleaming metalwork, and countless luxury objects that adorned their spectacular courts.

Elizabeth Cleland is Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Adam Eaker is Associate Curator in the Department of European Paintings, both at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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By Elizabeth Cleland and Adam Eaker
with contributions by Marjorie E. Wieseman and Sarah Bochicchio

Ruling successively from 1485 through 1603, the five Tudor monarchs used the arts to legitimize and glorify their tumultuous rule, from Henry VII's bloody rise to power, through Henry VIII's breach with the Roman Catholic Church, to the reign of the "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I. With incisive scholarship and sumptuous new photography, this book explores the extreme politics and outsize personalities of the Tudors, and how they used art in their diplomacy at home and abroad. Though their truly cosmopolitan courts attracted top artists and artisans from across Europe, the Tudors also nurtured a distinctly English aesthetic that is forever connected to the visual legacy of their...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 352
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2" x 11"
  • ISBN: 9781588396921
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