The shape at the bottom

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Hans holbein the younger, was born in Southern
Germany in 1497 and died in 1543.


This painting has been created by Hans Holbein the
Younger in 1533. Its title is
The Ambassadors
.


He spent two periods of his life in England at the Tudor
court where he painted for King Henri VIII.

In the background

In the middle ground

In the foreground

A green curtain

shelves / a piece of furniture

A carpet and an unknown shape

On first glance this painting is a double portrait of two men

We can assume that they are two wealthy, educated
and powerful men


The man on the left


He was a member of the French
aristocracy.


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His clothes seems to be very
expensive.


He wears a fur jacket.

He also wears a pendant.

He was rich.

The French king Francis I sent him to
London for a mission.

His name was J
ean de Dinteville


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he is wearing the clothes of a clergyman.



he was a bishop.


He was sent by the Catholic Church to help
his friend De Dinteville in his mission
.



His name is Georges de Selves.


He is French

The man on the right

Holbein painted two Frenchmen in mission at the English
royal court of Henry VIII.

Both men were the French ambassadors .

In
The Ambassadors
, Holbein tackled some important
themes of the Renaissance.

On the top shelf:


A celestial globe


Astronomical
instruments

These objects show the changes in sciences by
this time especially in the studies of astronomy.

On the top shelf:


An oriental carpet

It represents the ambassadors’ wealth (it was very
expensive) and the development of trade with
the East.

On the bottom shelf:


A terrestrial globe


compasses

These objects are a hint at the improvements in
mathematics and at the discovery by the
Europeans of America.


An arithmetic book

On the bottom shelf:


A lute


A broken string

The lute is a symbol of the world harmony. There
is a broken string.

Holbein wanted to represent the growing tension
between Henry VIII of England and the Pope.

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It is a distorted skull


It is quite
unrecognizable.


Is it a hint at
everybody’s fate ?
(death)

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Did Holbein want to
show the contrast
between the symbols
of human knowledge
and death?


Did Holbein think
that De Dinteville’s
mission will fail?