This 6th illustration from Colouring History: Tudor Queens and Consorts showcases the family of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. The original inspiration comes from the illuminated manuscript, ‘The Ordinances of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception’, dating from March 1503.
In this image, we see the family of Henry VII with Joachim of Nazareth and Saint Anne meeting at the Golden Gate. The Golden Legend was widely read in late medieval Europe and this meeting was a popular story for artists to recreate during this time.
To approach this intricate illustration and reinterpret it as a colouring page, I focused on the main elements: the family and the background scenery.
Inside art trick: You can see that the gray castle gate is symmetrical so I was able to draw one half of the building only, scan it, and duplicate it as a mirror image in Photoshop. I like to think of this as the modern approach to tracing with draft paper!