Charles portrait compared to ‘scary’ Ghostbusters 2 villain painting | Films | Entertainment

May 14, 2024
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This afternoon, Buckingham Palace unveiled a huge new oil painting of King Charles III by Jonathan Yeo.

The striking red portrait, the first since the monarch’s coronation, measures 8ft 15in by 6ft 15in.

The monarch is depicted in his red Welsh Guards uniform with a red background and a butterfly landing on his shoulder.

However, the new artwork is not to everyone’s taste with multiple comments on social media comparing the piece to Ghostbusters 2 villain Vigo.

The main antagonist of the 1989 comedy is a medieval tyrant and sorcerer whose ghost haunts his 17th century portrait.

One commented: “This reminds me of the massive scary portrait in the Ghostbusters movie.” Another wrote: “Reminds me of the painting from Ghostbusters 2.”

Others added, “It looks like the Vigo painting from Ghostbusters 2!” and “Reminds me of the Vigo portrait in Ghostbusters 2.”

In the movie, Vigo plans his resurrection to conquer the world before coming face-to-face with the Ghostbusters.

The artist Yeo said of his King Charles portrait: “It was a privilege and pleasure to have been commissioned by The Drapers’ Company to paint this portrait of His Majesty The King, the first to be unveiled since his Coronation. When I started this project, His Majesty The King was still His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and much like the butterfly I’ve painted hovering over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the subject’s role in our public life has transformed. I do my best to capture the life experiences and humanity etched into any individual sitter’s face, and I hope that is what I have achieved in this portrait. To try and capture that for His Majesty The King, who occupies such a unique role, was both a tremendous professional challenge, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed and am immensely grateful for.” 

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