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The ugliest royal portraits in history

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South Alabam

Emperor Leopold I looks the same in two different portraits, so that must be his true image.

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The Wistman

Francisco Goya, in his portraits of the Spanish Royal family, was notable at the art of indirect mockery, showing the imbecilic and corrupt Royals of the time (whom he loathed but who were his employers) quite accurately, but dressing them sumptuously in gorgeous settings, using all his considerable skills of design and painterly brush wizardry to confuse them with glamorous trappings, but portraying them brutally, acutely, incisively...warts and all.  It seems they never caught on, dazzled by his virtuosity.   ;)

goya_familycharlesiv_queen.jpg.24f17a2c4116a97581e1f5de4202d9f1.jpg  The Queen (from a large state group portrait)

goya_familycharlesiv_lupus.jpg.062a0eea5157e59ccd60a8d381064bb4.jpg  A royal cousin among others

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susieice

It's estimated that Henry VIII probably weighed about 28 stone (392 lbs) at the time of his death. His face would have been very puffy if that was the case.

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Piney

Ferdinand II was a brutal beast who condoned murder and burnt books. His daughter Joanna was a great humanitarian who was only portrayed as "Mad" because of Catholic propaganda. 

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Piney
55 minutes ago, susieice said:

It's estimated that Henry VIII probably weighed about 28 stone (392 lbs) at the time of his death. His face would have been very puffy if that was the case.

He was reported to be handsome in his youth and Queen Bess's earlier portraits show she was pretty. Queen Bess did go through a enormous amount of stress during her life and rule. At least she didn't wind up looking like Bloody Mary. 

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Impedancer

And then we have the ugly dutchess painted by the flemish painter Quinten Matsys in 1513

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ugly_Duchess

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