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09 February 2009 @ 01:18 am
Somewhat random note:  The Ambassadors  

I have this very nice fine art calendar -- I had one last year, too, but so far this year's is better -- with full color renderings of many great works of art.  The piece for this weekend was interesting, but not too much to my taste:  your basic Flemish-style medieval portrait of two rich gentlemen looking out of the painting at you, and between them, a sort of table containing many improbably symbolic and detailed objects.

In fact, what I'm referring to is Holbein's The Ambassadors.

Just today, I decided to take a closer look at the painting, and I realized I was looking at the truly quality equivalent of a "When you see it, you'll shit bricks" picture.

Take a look.

(And if you can't figure it out, here.)
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Jerry Schroeder - 54
kenjari: illuminationkenjari on February 9th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
I had the same reaction the first time I looked at this picture (in an online art archive). I really should do a little research to find out more about the painting and why Holbein did that (I haven't seen anything like it in other paintings from the same period).
Xandre: Renaissance Snoopyayakashi_fox on February 9th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
That's awesome.
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MASHFanficChick: Pout (Hutch)mashfanficchick on February 9th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I don't get it...*is still all stuffy-headed*
Wiseacreewin on February 10th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Holbein painted an anamorphic skull in the lower part of the painting. It just looks like a splotch, but if you approach the painting from the upper-right, it looks like a skull in proper proportion... it's possible this painting was meant to hang in a stairwell, so that those approaching from the upper ride, descending, would spot the skull and be surprised.
Flirty By Naturegeogre on February 9th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
There's a whole genre of those type paintings. It's called amamorphic art!

Just learned about it from New Scientist.

Linky Linky: http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/dn16197-anamorphic-art

Neat stuff!