The Ambassadors – Hans Holbein the Younger


The Ambassadors (1533) is a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger. Also known as Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve, it was created in the Tudor period, in the same year Elizabeth I was born. As well as being a double portrait, the painting contains a still life of several meticulously rendered objects, the meaning of which is the cause of much debate. It also incorporates a much-cited example of anamorphosis in painting. It is part of the collection at the National Gallery in London.


The Ambassadors – Hans Holbein the Younger 1533

Oil on oak

207 cm × 209.5 cm

Location: National Gallery of London