HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)
Christina of Denmark, Ducchess of Milan (detail)1538
Oil on oak
National Gallery, London
Christina's black gown, which she wore as a widow, contrasts strikingly with her flawless ivory skin. The viewer's gaze is also attracted to the well-shaped, delicate hands holding a glove, leaving an impression of perfect charm and elegance.