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The Apotheosis of James I

Photo credit: The Banqueting House – Whitehall Palace, Historic Royal Palaces

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James I believed he was answerable to God alone. Here he is being carried on the wings of a huge eagle to the seat of God. Female figures of Piety and Religion accompany his ascent. Above him awaits the triumphal crown, carried by the classical goddess Minerva and a woman representing Victory.

The Banqueting House – Whitehall Palace, Historic Royal Palaces


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    975 x 625 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    commissioned by James I and Charles I, c.1621 and c.1629


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Whitehall, London, Greater London SW1A 2ER England

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