Monday, April 6, 2009
Holbein's "The Ambassadors" has always intrigued me because of the memento mori in the lower right hand section of the painting. If you stand parallel to the right edge of the painting and look down over your right shoulder, you will see the strange gray shape resolve itself into a skull.
The process is quite tolerant. If one were to print a small edition of this large canvas, it would still be possible to get this effect.
The National Gallery has been quite proactive with Podcasts associated with their key paintings. Here is a two-minutes overview of this painting. I find that the shorter podcasts work better, though there is a whole set of longer ones. See the Home page of the National Gallery for more details.