Glorified Power compared to Their realistic presense. 

For hundreds of years royalty or people in power have been glamorizing the way that they look in unrealistic ways. Powerful people want to be portrayed as gods or simply perfect. This unrealistic view alters the way people see them and it gives them a god-like following. Alterations to pictures of people are not a new thing and still happen to this day. 

Portrait of Henry VIII, Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger, 1537/1547, From the collection of: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
This artist obviously made Henry VIII look strong and a powerful leader by his stance and presence in the piece. The way that Henry VIII is centered in the painting and his lighting is ideal shows that the artist took obvious steps to make him look the best in this painting. This portrait shows that this man wanted to show his wealth along with power. The gold and the furs that adorn him show his wealth and status. The power stance with the weapons that are shown prove that this is man not to be messed with.
Queen Marie Antoinette of France and two of her Children Walking in The Park of Trianon, Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, 1785, From the collection of: Nationalmuseum Sweden
This queen is being portrayed as loving mother. The waist on her is unproportionate to the her body. She is obviously wearing a corset but the artist still made alterations to make her waist seem even smaller. Her dress is very ornate and looks expensive, the pearls and gold rings on her arm add to wealthy look of the queen. The children are both happy and seem to be in great health. The eyes on all the people portrayed seem too large all the noses look the same on everyone. This was a choice by the artist to show that these are intact the queens children by including all the same characteristics.
An Allegory of the Tudor Succession: The Family of Henry VIII, Unknown artist, ca. 1590, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
This artist made the ruler in this painting the main subject of this piece by putting him in the center. The man is also larger than another person in this picture which shows that he is the one with power and dominace. He looks like a giant. The people of importance in this piece are shown by their size and body posture. All the gold in this painting shows his wealth. Theres is a similar trend of gold and jewels adorned on the ones in power.
King Charles II, Godfrey Kneller, 1685/1865, From the collection of: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
This piece of King Charles II is depicting that he very confident by the way that he is siting in the chair. His posture is impeccable and his head is held high. He is portrayed as if he sits like this and is comfortable by his arms resting very casually in the chair. He is adorned with lots of layers of clothing that look very nice and also the fur he is wearing looks very luxurious.
Frederick, Prince of Wales, Charles Philips, 1731, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
Prince Fredrick seems to be portrayed very causally in this piece. He has a demeanor about him that is shows he is relaxing by leaning on a table and waving to someone not depicted in the picture. This picture is glorified by the fact that the mansion he is in is so grand and covered in gold. Also he is in perfect lighting with minimal shading on him and his eyes are so big proportionally to the rest of his facial features it simply unrealistic.
Enamel portrait plaques of King George III and Queen Charlotte, painted by William Hopkins Craft, 1773/1773, From the collection of: British Museum
In this portrait King George III and Queen Charlotte are both glorified in the way that the look like gods. King George is showing his strength and power by stepping on a man who has done wrong. He seems to show no remorse on his face too. Also the cannon and sword in the background is representational of the power that he has. Queen Charlotte is portrayed very peacefully and quaint. She is feeding fruit to a lamb in a very extravagant garden. She looks very pretty and perfect. The artist did make both the king and queen have rosey cheeks along with a perfect completion and perfect hair.
The Death of Chatham, Benjamin West, 1778, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
This piece is William Penn is dead in a chair from a debate on the war of independence. This is depicted in a way that is unrealistic to how this situation would of happened in real-life. All of the mens faces are shown and William is shown to have gently fallen in his chair still holding his shaft. Also there doesn't seem to be that much concern or movement in the room to help Willian Penn.
George Cruikshank, Inconveniences of a Crowded Room, an etching, 1818/1818, From the collection of: British Museum
This is a peice is lampooned and obnoxious. In this piece Queen Charlotte is throwing a party and the artist is showing all of the awkward and out of control situations that arise. This is showing the real version of what a party is like and how people in power are not perfect. For example the snooty faces on everyone and the guts of the royalty in this picture shows that not everyone in power is perfect.
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