Museums and Art

"Portrait of the French Ambassador - Cira de Morette", Hans Holbein the Younger


Portrait of the French ambassador to the English court Charles de Sollier, Syrah de Moretta - Hans Holbein the Younger. 92.5x75.4

For a long time, two facts were not compared: the stay of Hans Holbein the Younger in London from 1532 and being there from April 3 to July 26, 1534 as envoy to the English court of the French ambassador Charles de Sollier.

Holbein could have painted a portrait during this period. However, since the name of the ambassador is not in the picture, it was forgotten for several centuries. As a result, when the Elector of Saxony August III purchased this work in 1743 from the collection of the Duke of Modena (through the mediation of Francesco Algarotti, a major expert on art of the 18th century), it was considered portrait of the Duke of Milan Lodovico Sforza brush by Leonardo da Vinci (the master was closely associated with the duke).

Only in the XIX century it was possible to identify the model in the portrait: it turned out that it was the French ambassador, and its author was Hans Holbein the Younger.

The work stands out even from the magnificent portraits of Holbein of the mature period of his work. This is a recognized masterpiece of the portrait genre of the XVI century.


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