The Ambassadors (painting)

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Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (The Ambassadors)[1] is a 1533 painting by Hans Holbein the younger. It is displayed at the National Gallery in London, England, having been bought in 1890. It is painted with a meticulous eye for detail, and its inner meaning is controversial. On the right is Georges de Selve, aged 25, Bishop of Lavaur. According to John North[2] the scene depicted is exactly 1,500 years after Christ's crucifixion, that is Good Friday (April 11th) 1533, which gives the anamorphic skull particular significance.

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  1. The Ambassadors (1533) in London
  2. The Ambassador's Secret: Holbein and the World of the Renaissance, ISBN-10: 1852853301