I came across this on the C J Sansom Appreciation Society (https://www.facebook.com/groups/15046129703/) as posted by one of its members. It made me smile and I hope that you enjoy it as well – and the C J Sansom Appreciation Society has some lovely posts.
The caption is Henry VIII’s wives if they hadn’t married him – they certainly look different when smiling.
Lovely how Kate Parr looks .How did they make them smile as not one painting looks that way all miserable with smiles
I wish I knew – I’m guessing an understanding of facial muscles and a very clever piece of software.
I could do with this poster sized on the wall – what a different perspective on these women the smiles create! If that makes sense….. hope so. I love it.
Just love it, it transformed them. It certainly made me smile, then laugh when I read the caption.
Made me smile.
The smile certainly improves Anne of Cleves, she doesn’t look quite so much like a Belgian mare any more!
I think they all look much nicer. I suppose smiling when posing for a portrait is a relatively modern idea.
Definitely. However, smiling for hours while someone paints you just wouldn’t be practical!
Probably not – and let’s not forget that teeth may have been an issue. Not sure if excess smiling wasn’t demure…medieval girls were taught not to laugh too much – something to do with piety and respectability.
Lovely and hilarious at the same time! 🙂