A New Look At Royalty - Davide Borrelli

It is the purpose of this gallery to show the relationship between the various colors and textures commonly worn by royalty. This gallery with show that there are only a few color specifically that royalty wore. Even from different parts of the world and from may different periods of time the colors of royalty remained relatively constant throughout history.

David Meeting Abigail, Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, about 1620s, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This work portrays royalty as seen in the figure on foot in the center of the work. He is wearing a smooth satin or silk cloak and underneath it a silver silk tunic is visible The bottom of his tunic and the edges of its sleeves are adorned with a gold embroidered pattern.
Louis XIV at the siege of Lille in August 1667: the king giving his orders near the Priory of Fives, Adam Frans Van der Meulen, 17th century, From the collection of: Palace of Versailles
This work depicts Louis XIV on a battle field. He is mounted on horseback appearing in the foreground. The colors he is wearing are: red, blue, gold, and white. He is the only one in the depiction wearing all of these colors. The golden material he is wearing seems to be heavily embroidered and finely detailed. On the other hand the other materials have a smoother appearance in comparison. In addition he is portrayed as the highest person in the entire depiction.
Reparations made to Louis XIV by the Doge of Genoa in the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles on 15 May 1685, Claude Guy Hallé, 17th century, From the collection of: Palace of Versailles
This work depicts Louis XIV in what appears to be some kind of royal court. In this image men are bowing before the king. In this depiction the king is wearing an over coat that is a deep golden color. The over coat has a kind of almost coarse velvety look to it. In addition the king is wearing red, blue, white, and the dark gold colored overcoat. Another observation is that the king is standing taller than everyone else in this depiction.
Louis XIV visiting the Gobelins Manufactory on 15 October 1667, Simon Renard de Saint-André, 17th century, From the collection of: Palace of Versailles
This work of art depicts Louis XIV in a large chamber. He can be seen standing on the right within the painting. He is very elaborately dressed wearing gold, blue, white, and red. The gold portion of his clothing looks to be embroidered. On the other hand the white around his wrists seem to have a more ruffled smoother look to it. His head is adorned with a very fluffy hat of some sort. What seems strange in this depiction is that the king is not the tallest person. If you look to the left of the painting there is a young man who seems to be standing on something and holding onto the wall perhaps in order to get a glimpse of the king over everyone else.
Louis XIV (1638 - 1715), Antoine Benoist, Around 1705, From the collection of: Palace of Versailles
This work is a portrait depicting Louis XIV. In a right profile view Louis can be seen wearing a very heavy somewhat coarse dark red velvet over coat. He is wearing a ruffled silk and lace collar which is a silvery cream in color. The texture and attention to detail regarding his wig is quite extraordinary. The wig is a silvery grey color and is very curly. The detail to the wig implies the high status is conveys.
Portrait of Henry VIII, Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger, 1537/1547, From the collection of: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
This painting depicts Henry VIII. He is standing very proudly with his legs spread out under is broad shoulders. The king is wearing a dark red overcoat with gold threaded embroidery. Under the overcoat he is wearing a silvery grey shirt with white accents stitched onto it. The accents seem almost like small buttons but much softer and made of some kind of white cloth. On the right side of the painting one seen a ornate dagger hanging on a golden chord.
King Charles II, Godfrey Kneller, 1685/1865, From the collection of: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
This work depicts king Charles II. In this portrait the king is portrayed wearing a large smooth silver satin cloak. He is also wearing a kind of red sash across his chest which drapes to his left leg. His sleeves have a ruffled white look to them and can be seen protruding from underneath his cloak.
Frederick, Prince of Wales, Charles Philips, 1708–1747, British, 1731, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
This work depicts Fredrick The Prince of Wales. In this portrait the prince is shown wearing a coarse red velvet like suit. In addition the suit has a large amount of gold embroidery. The prince is also wearing a white lace collar. The prince also seems to be wearing a thin dark blue satin sash over the overcoat.
Edward VI as a Child, Hans Holbein the Younger, probably 1538, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
This work depicts Edward VI when he was only a child. In this portrait Edward is wearing a heavy semi-coarse cloth shirt in red with gold embroidery. The sleeves are a more detailed, patterned stain like material. The shirt has a small ruffled white collar and the cuffs of the sleeves also white and ruffled.
James I of England (James VI of Scotland), Attributed to Paul van Somer, ca. 1576–1621, Flemish, active in Britain (from 1616), ca. 1618, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
This work depicts James I of England. In this portrait the king is wearing dark red and gold patterned pants with a muted burgundy shirt adorned with gold accents. He has a very small white ruffled cuffs with a very large white ruffled collar. Around his neck is a kind of green like sash.
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