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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Artwork of the day

Philip II and Mary I, 16th c probably 1558, oil on panel, Woburn Abbey
A dual portrait of Mary and her husband was probably completed shortly before her death. The couple sits in an interior the one next to the other looking at the viewer. At their feet are two dogs, perhaps symbolizing fidelity in their marriage. This is however the only symbol of intimacy between the two and the portrait is a great pictorial representation of how Philip felt about the marriage: a political union aiming at strengthening the role of Spain in Europe.

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