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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



The Apotheosis of James I




oil on canvas


H 975 x W 625 cm

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

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The Banqueting House – Whitehall Palace, Historic Royal Palaces

Whitehall, London, Greater London SW1A 2ER England

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