The Mystery of Holbein’s Ambassadors
Thu 3rd Feb 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hans Holbein brought with him from mainland Europe to England both sophistication and skill, with far reaching consequences for this island’s artistic development. His Ambassadors is one of the National Gallery of London’s greatest treasures, dating from a tradition in the arts when no object was without meaning and symbolism, practically all of which has been lost to the modern observer. This lecture considers the tempestuous circumstances of its creation and the hidden messages concealed within it. The painting tells us much about the state of Europe at the time and the hopes and fears of its major players.
Lecturer: Anthony C Russell
Has travelled much of the world, combining painting with tour lecturing – principally to American university students on bespoke tours. Spent six years as a consultant for Luke Hughes and travelled the country advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals. Now based in London, spends much of his time lecturing and undertaking research, while assisting at the British Museum with outreach events and visiting lecturers. As an advocate of non-violence, he is the author of the book Evolving the Spirit – From Democracy to Peace, commended by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Laureate, as meaning a great deal to her.