Thursday, 27 March 2014

Holbein's Sketches


In Windsor Castle you can view the original sketches that Holbein made in preparation for his paintings.  And you should, for they are simply exquisite. 

Using the minimum of detail and effort, Holbein somehow captures the essence of these people, warts and all. These pictures were never meant to be seen, yet they seem incredibly alive. If you look closely enough at these drawings of people from five hundred years ago, you can almost smell them. 

View more of his sketches HERE.

4 comments:

  1. Another, less coy way of directing your readers to the source from which you lifted this post in one fell swoop might have been to identify it while linking to it.

    But then if you'd wanted to take time on things, you'd be doing your own searching, designing, attributing -- nevermind appropriating other people's.

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    1. A disparaging comment that isn't anonymous at least deserves to be published.
      Using an image and linking back to the source of that image is fair, especially as the image itself is merely a representation of a historic piece of art. The words however, are mine, and not lifted in one fell swoop from anywhere, despite what you seem to believe.

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  2. Peter, I don't know why one would wish to hide behind anonymity in stating simple fact. It took me a good deal of work to round up these drawings, one by one one by one. You found my post on Google. That can't have taken ten seconds. In putting up the drawing at the top of your post, you've simply copied the drawing as well as the caption directly from my post. Easy as pie. As to your words, I can't imagine anyone wanting to get close enough to sniff a sixteenth-century drawing, even if that were possible. The mould and all.

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    1. I fail to see why you are so offended that I sourced an image from your post and then linked that image back to you, in so doing I driving more readers to your blog. That's a FACT, unlike your derogatory accusations of plagiarism against me. That's the whole point of blogs, to share and disseminate. My post was not driven or 'copied in one fell swoop from yours'. In fact I haven't even read your post, but I'm sure it probably doesn't stink as bad as ancient moulding artwork.

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