Holbein's "Nicolas Kratzer" and "Ambassadors"

Instruments from Holbein's portrait of Nicolas Kratzer

Contents

Introduction

These two paintings need no introduction. These published reproductions of them (from 1912) and the scans of them here are in the public domain.

Images

Portrait of Nicolas Kratzer, by Holbein This is Hans Holbein's portrait of Nicolas Kratzer, 1528. From Hans Holbein le jeune: L'œuvre du maitre. Paris, Librairie Hachette & Cie., 1912.

The Ambassadors, by Holbein This is Hans Holbein's famous "Ambassadors," 1533. From Hans Holbein le jeune: L'œuvre du maitre. Paris, Librairie Hachette & Cie., 1912.
Here's a larger version (2000x1951) (warning: this is a large file, 0.98 Megabytes in size). Here are full resolution (but JPEG) versions of the upper instruments (0.86 Megabytes), lower instruments (0.74 Megabytes), and anamorphic skull (1.2 Megabytes). The limitations of the original halftone prints are obvious in these versions. Please do not download these larger files unless you really need to use them.

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