Portrait Painters: Hans Holbein

Painting is a big influence on my photography. ‘The Ambassadors’ by Hans Holbein shows how all the detail around the subjects can reveal a deeper context that effects those characters. A play on the riches and power that they possess is cleverly contrasted with a Salvador Dali style symbol of death in the front of the painting – a skull yawning. When you look closely the lute strings are broken so you begin to understand that the of idea power is not quite the be all and end all in the context of life. Let’s see how my portrait of Zenon & The Free Sandwiches goes next week!

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