Henry VR

Andrew Yip, Paula Dredge, Simon Ives, Anne Gerard-Austin

Research output: Other contribution


Journey deep inside a Tudor painting to explore the hidden life of a king’s portrait, and the workshop of the artists who created it. After a detailed technical study and extensive conservation treatment, the Gallery’s 16th-century portrait of Henry VIII will be shown for the first time in decades, returning to star in a ground-breaking virtual-reality display in the heart of our European galleries. A network of information has been visualised so that you can investigate Henry’s world. Through the wonders of particle accelerators and scanning electron microscopes, virtual objects and elemental maps, the painting’s materials start to reveal the artwork’s social and historical context, allowing unprecedented insights into a work that emerged at the very birth of modern portrait painting.
Original languageEnglish
TypeExhibition curatorship, immersive installation design
Media of outputCuratorial output, virtual reality installation
PublisherArt Gallery of New South Wales
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Art History
  • Virtual Reality
  • Immersive Visualisation
  • Henry VIII
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Museology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Conservation

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  • Research Output

    Henry VR: Designing Affect-Oriented Virtual Reality Exhibitions for Art Museums

    Yip, A., Dredge, P., Gerard-Austin, A. & Ives, S., 2019, The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites. Lewi, H., Smith, W., Vom Lehn, D. & Cooke, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, (Routledge International Handbooks).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Mapping Henry: Synchrotron-Sourced X-Ray Fluorescence Mapping and Ultra-High Definition Scanning of an Early Tudor Portrait of Henry VIII

    Dredge, P., Ives, S., Howard, D., Spiers, K., Yip, A. & Kenderdine, S., 15 Sep 2015, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 121, 3, p. 789-800 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 12 Citations (Scopus)

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    Yip, A., Dredge, P., Ives, S., & Gerard-Austin, A. (2018). Henry VR. Art Gallery of New South Wales.