Hear ye, hear ye! We have at last turned the page to welcome one of my favorite queens in Tudor Queens and Consorts — Katherine of Aragon.
My interpretation of Katherine is based on a portrait done in 1531 by an unknown artist. In this scene, she is offering a coin to her pet monkey. Instead, he prefers the crucifix, representing Katherine’s devotion to the church in the final years of her marriage to King Henry VIII.
When looking at this and other portraits of Katherine from around the same time, it is natural to seek signs of her emotional and physical pain.
“The most virtuous woman I have ever known and the highest hearted, but too quick to trust that others were like herself, and too slow to do a little ill that much good might come of it.”
Yet, with those words from Eustace Chapuys, written after her death in 1536, I also see her as proud and brave. Despite rejection from Henry, heartbreak from losing numerous infant children, and an aching separation from her only living child, we can believe that the love from her kingdom and faith sustained her in those final years.
It was an honor to draw this noble Queen and I hope you enjoy coloring her page!