Great Hall, Hampton Court Palace
Henry VIII's banqueting hall, covered in original tapestries. When we went, they were celebrating the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne, and they had reenactments of his wedding to Kateryn Parr. I don't believe the Hall is usually decked out like this. We were lucky! (And if I lived in London, I'd be at this place every weekend, if not more often.) Hampton Court Palace.
German/Netherlandish School, 16th century - Portrait of a Man in Red
This painting is one of the most enigmatic sixteenth century portraits in the Royal Collection. It is a visually arresting image: painted full-length, nearly two metres tall, the man is silhouetted against an apparently imaginary landscape with the suggestion of buildings and ruins on the left and curious rock formations on the right. Sixteenth-century portraits showing a sitter dressed entirely in one bright colour (rather than all black) are rare at this date, as are full-length portraits…
Henry VIII’s Sword of State Dated: English School, (16th century) Culture: English Medium: Steel, silver, gold & crystal Location: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK The sword was said to have been given to Henry VIII by the Pope
Inside Hearst Castle, America's favorite palace (Pictures)
William Randolph Hearst built one of the largest media empires in history, as well as one of the most ostentatious homes and art collections. Then he went $100 million in debt. CNET Road Trip 2012 stopped in for an exclusive tour.