Holbein’s instruments

Holbein’s Double Portrait of Jean de Dinteville, the Bailly of Troyes and Georges de Selve, Bishop of Lavaur, or ‘the Ambassadors’ (1533), famous for the anamorphic skull at the bottom of the painting,

but some of you might be interested in the instruments depicted:

See also the article by Elly Dekker and Kristen Lippincott, “The Scientific Instruments in Holbein’s Ambassadors: A Re-Examination,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. 62, 1999, pp. 93-125. [Subscription-based site (JSTOR); accesible via McGill]



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