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The Ambassadors (1533)

The Ambassadors :: Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 - 1543) - men's portraits 16th century
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Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger
Year: 1533
Medium: Oil on oak
Dimensions: 207 cm × 209.5 cm (81 in × 82.5 in)
Location: National Gallery, London

This is a double portrait, which depicts young ambassadors of France, Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selva. Young people dressed in extremely carefully written by luxury clothing, standing near a wall with two shelves, top of them covered by a Turkish carpet. In a celestial sphere placed mess instruments for astronomical observations are books, musical instruments.

All subjects are written out extremely realistic and play the role of symbols of the union of art and science, the harmony of earth and sky. However, this whole allegory of a glorifying character is perceived completely differently because of some object of incomprehensible form in the foreground. If you look at it on the right, selecting the appropriate point, then we will see a skull image in a special technique of painting, called wandering anamorphosis of the skull. This is definitely a sign of death.

The picture is mysterious and solemn first of all because the feeling of unreality in it is conveyed through carefully painted the real objects. The reality is beside the illusion, and they easily change places. In this way, the artist emphasized the idea of the frailty of power and wealth.

Submitted by: Arta


Published: 20.05.2019

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Diana   User Rating: 1944  October 15, 2019

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