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The Ambassadors' secret : Holbein and the world of the Renaissance

Author: John David North
Publisher: London ; New York : Hambledon and London, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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North reexamines Holbein's masterpiece "The Ambassadors" and proposes a hidden meaning.
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Genre/Form: Portraits
Named Person: Hans Holbein; George de Selve; Jean de Dinteville; Hans Holbein, the Younger.; Hans Holbein; George de Selve; Jean de Dinteville; Jean de Dinteville; George de Selve; Hans Holbein, Künstler 1497-1543.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John David North
ISBN: 1852853301 9781852853303
OCLC Number: 59470228
Description: xix, 346 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: I. The Painter and his World. 1. Portrayal. 2. Hans Holbein. 3. The Two Ambassadors. 4. Nicolaus Kratzer --
II. The Painting. 5. Strange Devices. 6. Instruments for the Heavens. 7. The Mundane Level. 8. The Distorted Skull. 9. From Apelles to an Abbey Pavement. 10. Hints of Astrology --
III. The Meaning. 11. Shadow and Truth. 12. Touched by the Occult? 13. Air on a Broken String. 14. Theologies of the Cross. 15. Symbols of the Millennium. 16. On Painters and Authors. 17. Apelles and Clio. App. 1. Piero della Francesca's Baptism of Christ --
App. 2. The Compound Solar Instrument --
App. 3. Rabanus Maurus and Solomon's Throne --
App. 4. Holbein and Chaucer Compared.
Responsibility: John North.

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Holbein's celebrated portrait of two French diplomats at the court of Henry VIII has usually been linked to the political and religious unrest of the day. John North shows that the painting has a  Read more...

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"Historical detective work at its best. John North has solved the hidden code within "The Ambassadors.""--Nicholas Campion

 
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