1500 – 1600
End of the Renaissance and the Reformation

Holbein's The Ambassadors

Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, Oil on panel, 1533 (National Gallery, London)
Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker


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Hannah G wrote on Sunday, November 25, 2012

This painting utterly amazed and bewildered me. The absolute clarity, incredibly precise detail, symbolism, and perfect rendering of reality is unbelievable. These qualities are perfect representations of Northern Renaissance art. The painstakingly precise detail on every object (like the dagger, globe, floor, and psalm book) is absolutely incredible. This detail combined with the perfect use of foreshortening and linear perspective results in an amazingly realistic painting.

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