Saturday, 16 October 2010

Hans Holbein + The Tudors

I wanted to do a chapter on the Tudors because all of my life I have lived near to Hampton Court Palace. I used to drive past it every day on my way to school. The Tudors are fascinating and I especially love the way Hans Holbein captures them in his work. The Tudors have also inspired contemporary designers such as Josie Beckett and KTZ.

The Ambassadors (1533)

Arguably Holbein's most famous painting. This image is riddled with hidden symbols and illusions. Both of which I find fascinating and influential on the songs I write with Alpines.


Here are some more paintings of the Tudors by Holbein.

Henry VIII

Mary Tudor

Catherine Howard

Lord of Morette


Holbein focused on painting miniatures during the last decade of his life. They were small portraits which worn as a kind of jewel or brooch.


Hans Holbein also designed jewellery and these sketches display his interest in using precious gemstones and ornate gold patterns (also known as polychrome enamel) .

Tudor influence on contemporary fashion

Josie Beckett A/W 2010 Collection



1 comment:

  1. That is not a painting of Catherine Howard. It is Elizabeth Seymour, Janes sister.