During my visit in October, I was stunned to find both the famous Holbein portraits of Henry VIII and St Thomas More in the Palazzo Barberini. How did two of England’s most iconic paintings end up in Rome?

2 Responses to “How did two very English portraits (St Thomas More & Henry VIII) wind up in Rome?”

  • mycatehall:

    Great art has a way of wandering the world. There are doubtless some art history texts that deal with the provenance of these pictures, but it is probably easier just to write to the National Gallery of Ancient Art at the Barberini Palace and ask them.

    National Gallery of Ancient Art of Barberini Palace
    Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13
    00184 ROMA

  • robe:

    Probably for the same reason most of the Egyptian and Greek antiquities ended up in Great Britain – museum curators/collectors.

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