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The Ambassadors' Secret

Holbein and the World of the Renaissance


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The Ambassadors' Secret by John David North
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THE AMBASSADORS' SECRET is a radical reinterpretation of one of the world's most famous paintings. Holbein's celebrated portrait of two French diplomats at the court of Henry VIII has usually been linked to the political and religious unrest of the day. John North shows that the painting has a very different, and previously undetected, central theme and many other meanings. Far from being random, the objects in 'The Ambassadors' are deliberately, and very accurately, placed. In revealing exactly what they, and the painting, mean, THE AMBASSADORS' SECRET opens a remarkable window on the world of the Renaissance. 'Truly sensational ...North's explanation of what The Ambassadors' Secret means is as exciting as a classic whodunnit, and puts every previous account in the shade' Frank Whitford, Sunday Times

Author Biography

John North's books include THE MEASURE OF THE UNIVERSE and STONEHENGE. He is Emeritus Professor of the History of Philosophy and the Exact Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Release date NZ
September 2nd, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Orion mass market paperback
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