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Iconology of a Cardinal: Was Wolsey Really so Large?

- May 3, 2018 in Art & Illustrations, cardinal wolsey, Culture & History, eating in tudor times, hans holbein, henry viii, iconography, Painting, power, thomas wolsey, tudor, weight

Characterised as manipulative, power-hungry, and even an alter rex, Henry VIII's right-hand man Cardinal Thomas Wolsey has been typically depicted with a body mass to rival his political weight. Katherine Harvey asks whether he was really the glutton of popular legend, and what such an image reveals about the link between the body, reputation, and power in Tudor England.

Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death (1523–5)

- April 17, 2018 in dance of death, death, hans holbein, Memento mori, woodcuts

Holbein's series of action-packed scenes in which Death intrudes on the everyday lives from various levels of society — from pope to physician to ploughman.

Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death (1523–5)

- April 17, 2018 in dance of death, death, hans holbein, Memento mori, woodcuts

Holbein's series of action-packed scenes in which Death intrudes on the everyday lives of people from various levels of society — from pope to physician to ploughman.