I decided to do another Catherine of Aragon picture, even though I've mostly moved onto other characters in the Tudor Court. I realized I'd forgotten this painting when working from real images of the royal family on the "Tudors" scene-maker. The portrait only shows her head & shoulders, so I had to improvise w/ the sleeves & skirt. I used a red & gold background so the headdress would stand out better. The original painting has a black background, so it was difficult to see Catherine's hood.
As you can see with Catherine & her sisters, this was a very early version of the French Hood. It later lacked the black lappets seen with these hoods, & often became very colorful & edged with jewels/gold.
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Popular culture wants to believe that Anne Boleyn brought the French Hood as a fashion statement to England, after her time on the Continent, but the truth is, Catherine of Aragon was the first to introduce this headdress. It's just that Anne Boleyn made it popular, that's all. It seems that Henry VIII's first wife chose to adopt the more conservative gable-hoods soon after their marriage.
The famous painting this is based off of was made when Catherine was still a princess, and I found other paintings of her sister Juana & her niece Isabella, Queen of Denmark, wearing the exact same style. This was an early version of the French Hood, and it's easy to see why it was more popular than the gable-hood. It was lighter, it framed the face nicely, and it showed a little bit of hair at the top. This painting also confirms that Catherine of Aragon was indeed a redhead, never a brunette like the media likes to portray her.