Looking through sketching: The Ambassadors

In my sketchbook (a real paper one this time) I’d had a go at drawing Jean de Dinteville from The Ambassadors, admittedly rather badly.

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but I wanted to try the anamorphic skull from a method I saw in a video 20160219_152600.jpg(1:10 in the video below), where light shines though a drawing on transparent paper to
create a distorted shadow. Do you think I could get it to work? I tried all sorts of light from lamps to torches to daylight and all sorts of levels of darkness in the room. The only think I could conclude is that the picture wasn’t big enough for the effect to work. The original is massive, and mine is only tiny to fit into my A5 sketchpad.

 

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References (retrospective list):

Canal Educatif à la Demande (CED). (2013) ArtSleuth 6: HOLBEIN – The Ambassadors (final version) – National Gallery London [user-generated content online] Creat. http://www.canal-educatif.com 5 Oct 2013 At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MR-sKVRPdg
(Accessed on 5 February 16)

National Gallery. (2016e) ‘The Ambassadors’,1533, Hans Holbein the Younger At: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/hans-holbein-the-younger-the-ambassadors
(Accessed on 4 February 16)

National Gallery Podcast. (2009) Excerpt from Episode 33 – Professor Philip Steadman and Louise Govier discuss ‘The Ambassadors’ {audio podcast, online} July 2009 At: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/hans-holbein-the-younger-the-ambassadors
(Accessed on 5 February 16)

National Gallery YouTube. (2010a) Excerpt from ‘Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian’ – Symbolism in Holbein’s ‘Ambassadors’ [user-generated content online] Creat. National Gallery, London 13 July 2010 At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReF2O8rzpb4
(Accessed on 5 February 16)

National Gallery YouTube. (2010b) Excerpt from Making & Meaning: Holbein’s Ambassadors – Holbein’s skull – Part one [user-generated content online] Creat. National Gallery, London 13 July 2010 At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KiVNIUMmCc
(Accessed on 5 February 16)

National Gallery YouTube. (2010c) Excerpt from Making & Meaning: Holbein’s Ambassadors – Holbein’s skull – Part two [user-generated content online] Creat. National Gallery, London 13 July 2010 At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mczs4muSUHc
(Accessed on 5 February 16)

Smarthistory. (2012) Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, 1533 [user-generated content online] Creat. Khan Academy 2 April 2012 At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQZUIGzinZA
(Accessed on 5 February 16)

Stebbins, F. A.. (1962) ‘The Astronomical Instruments in Holbein’s “Ambassadors”‘ In Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 56, p.45 [online] At: http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu//full/1962JRASC..56…45S/0000045.000.html
(Accessed on 7 February 16)

The Anne Boleyn Files. (2010) Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part One: Context At: http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/holbeins-the-ambassadors-a-renaissance-puzzle-part-one-context/6516/
(Accessed on 7 February 16)

Wyld, M. ‘The Restoration History of Holbein’s “The Ambassadors”‘. National Gallery Technical Bulletin Vol 19, pp 4–25.
At: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/technical-bulletin/wyld1998
(Accessed on 7 February 16)

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