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Flemish School (c. 1515)

Emperor Charles V (1500-58) c. 1514-16

RCIN 403439

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Charles V was the dominant ruler of 16th-century Europe; this portrait conveys his imposing physical appearance. In 1514 Charles was betrothed to Henry VIII’s sister, Mary. He sent an image of himself - possibly this painting - to the English court. The rosemary symbolises love and friendship.