The Ambassadors' Secret : Holbein and the world of the Renaissance

Author(s): John North


A remarkable look at the hidden meanings in Holbein's 'The Ambassadors' - one of the world's most famous paintings
The Ambassador's Secret is a radical reinterpretation of one of the world's most famous paintings. Holbein's celebrated portrait of two French diplomats at the court of Henry VIII has usually been linked to the political and religious unrest of the day. John North shows that the painting has a very different, and previously undetected, central theme and many other meanings. Far from being random, the objects in The Ambassadors are deliberately, and very accurately, placed. In revealing exactly what they, and the painting, mean, The Ambassador's Secret opens a remarkable window on the world of the Renaissance.

About the Author:
John North's books include The Measure of the Universe and Stonehenge. He is Emeritus Professor of the History of Philosophy and the Exact Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781842126615
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Phoenix (Orion imprint)
  • : September 2004
  • : 3.5 Centimeters X 12.9 Centimeters X 19.7 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John North
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 416