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Face of Anne Boleyn using modern technology
April 1, 2015
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Hi all,

As a bit of serious research, I thought I’d use my skills in photoshop to create what I believe is a reasonably close image of Anne. Using all the info I could find regarding her appearance (discounting ‘hostile’ observers such as Chapuys), I pieced together and retouched approximately 10 faces to create this.

Her features contain the black hair, the dark eyes (probably very dark brown as black eyes form as a condition known as aniridia which is a congenital condition characterized by an extremely underdeveloped iris which appears black. She could have had this, but its rare. I am erring towards very very dark brown, which under Tudor candlelight, would appear black), sallow skin (however more accurately, probably tanned/coloured from her years in France), small but pretty moles, oval face, small neck, prominent nose (without being silly and going over the top!), natural eyebrows and dark eyelashes to match her hair. The rosebud mouth stylised by the artists of the day is not particularly accurate, this one I have used is more accurate I believe.

I think she is beautiful and sends chills up my spine, thinking this could be very similar to how Anne looked. This is the face of a woman who would have captivated the king and set jealous tongues wagging in court. It is the face that won the heart of Henry Percy and Thomas Wyatt, amongst others.

Enjoy all…

(edit: I can’t add the image, can anyone please tell me how?)

April 1, 2015
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Sorry, A.B. The only thing I know how to do is copy and paste. I’m really bad when it comes to computers. I’m sure someone can help you here. I hope so. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have come up with.

April 2, 2015
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try uploading into photobucket or smilir progrmme and then C&P link to here..

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April 9, 2015
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Hello, and thanks Sharon and Anyanka for the replies.

At last! I found time to load it to photo bucket! Your first reaction will be ‘she’s too modern’, but think again and assess why… In reality, it is just because you are viewing a photograph, rather than a painting.

I believe all the details are correct (within the confines of historical report accuracy) face shape, hair (wearing it loose as it’s a state function), skin colour, eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth etc…. she reminds me of so many people, yet is a composite of 15 or so features from different women. The purists will probably advise the head dress and dress are incorrect, but that is secondary to me.

I think she is beautiful and could see how she could capture the heart of a young prince.

Love to know your thoughts. Enjoy. Sorry it’s quite low res, but has to be to upload.

http://s304.photobucket.com/us…..q.jpg.html

April 9, 2015
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It is certainly a very interesting picture A.B. It seems to have a softer look to it, than Holbiens portrait, I am not over keen on Holbien’s portraits to be honest, they seem to me at least to be almost brutal (for want of a better word) in appearence.
Thank you for uploading it. Xx

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April 9, 2015
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Hi Boleyn,

Thanks for the comments.

I agree, the Holbein portraits are quite brutal, they contain no ‘life’. I find them a little flat and almost cartoon-like.
Possibly painted by studio apprentices, probably from sketches, certainly not from life.

Glad you enjoyed it. x

April 9, 2015
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Susan Lipscombe made a very funny remark concerning the larger than life portrait that Holbien painted of Henry. It’s not something I had actually noticed until she pointed it out. The whole portrait is based on triangles, and the point of the triangles seem to converge on Henry’s over large Codpiece.
That is perhaps difficult to understand, but if you take the time to look at that portrait you will see exactly what she meant.

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April 9, 2015
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Very nice, A.B
Thanks for sharing your work with us. She is very attractive.

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