Today I went to the National Gallery in London to go back and re-visit The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein. This also gave me a great opportunity to have a look around for other inspiration and also visit the Portrait Gallery.
The Ambassadors is over 2 metres by 2 metres big, it dominates the room its in. The colours are very bright which when I first went, back in February, I was very surprised by as in most reproductions the colours are dulled. The painting also includes anamorphic art, in this instance, when the art is viewed straight on its distorted (image above). However when viewed at a different perspective, to the right of the painting looking down, you can see a clear painting of a skull (image below). It will even work if you tilt your screen to the left on the above picture, play around with the perspective and you’ll see the skull! This is something I will also be including in my re-imagination.
I have seen this painting before, usually online and maybe even in a book. However, when I viewed it in the National Gallery for the first time, I noticed small details I never noticed before such as Jesus Christ on the cross in the top left hand corner where the curtain is pulled slightly. It was this instant I really understood how much detail that this painting contained. This put me on a new mission to find out more about this amazing painting, to look further into symbolism and references Holbein inserted into this piece.
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