The Ambassadors (1533) in London
by Hans HOLBEIN the Younger

In the first years after Holbein's return to England, the Steelyard merchants were by no means his only clients. His reputation as a brilliant portraitist had undoubtedly penetrated court circles, because in 1533 Holbein was commissioned by the French ambassador Jean de Dinteville (c. 1503 -1555) to paint the largest and most splendid panel painting in Holbein's hand to survive to this day, namely the Double Portrait of Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve, widely known as The Ambassadors.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (`The Ambassadors')
1533
Oil on oak, 207 x 209 cm
National Gallery, London

1084*1069
True Color
181 Kb



The Ambassadors (detail)
1533
Oil on oak
National Gallery, London

805*1094
True Color
179 Kb



The Ambassadors (detail)
1533
Oil on oak
National Gallery, London

1117*801
True Color
112 Kb



The Ambassadors (detail)
1533
Oil on oak
National Gallery, London

1079*876
True Color
170 Kb



The Ambassadors (detail)
1533
Oil on oak
National Gallery, London

1078*883
True Color
143 Kb



The Ambassadors (detail)
1533
Oil on oak
National Gallery, London

808*1069
True Color
160 Kb




Summary of paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger
1515-19 | 1519-25 | altarpieces | 1526-28 | 1529-31
1532-35 | Ambassadors | Henry VIII and his family | 1536-43
drawings and woodcuts | miniatures | Miscellaneous works