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Philip II of Spain (1527–1598)

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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A three-quarter-length portrait of Philip 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 Philip II’s reign that England first came into conflict with the Spanish Empire, culminating in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

National Maritime Museum

London

  • Date

    17th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    106.6 x 71.1 cm

  • Accession number

    BHC2951

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