Philip II of Spain, 1527-98

A three-quarter length portrait of Phillip II. He wears black, gold embossed half armour, possibly the Rosenblatt armour made for Ferdinand I, and a white gold embroidered and slashed short trunk hose. He carries a baton and the plumed close helmet of the suit is on the right.

The original, of which this is a copy, was painted in about 1560. It was during Phillip II’s reign that England first came into conflict with the Spanish Empire, culminating in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. There is another version in bust length in Madrid, in the Lazaro Galdiano Museum.

Object Details

ID: BHC2951
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Display - QH
Creator: Netherlandish School, 17th century
Date made: 17th century
People: King Philip II of Spain
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Frame: 1325 mm x 984 mm x 74 mm; Overall: 25 kg; Painting: 1065 mm x 710 mm

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