HAMPTON COURT AFTER 500 YEARS

Hampton Court is best known as the main surviving palace of Henry VIII (1509-1547), but he took it from his chief minister, Cardinal Wolsey, whose building work started in 1515. Peeling back the generations of later building and decoration can reveal how much of it Wolsey created, but what were his influences and what do they tell us of the meaning behind art and politics, at the dawn of the English Renaissance?