News Lower Sixth students visit the Holbein Exhibition 07.12.2023

On Monday Lower Sixth Art Historians and Early Modern Historians braved the winter weather to visit the Queen’s Gallery to see the exhibition ‘Holbein at the Tudor Court’.

Inspired by Dr Williams’ pronouncement that Holbein would have been compared with Leonardo da Vinci and Titian as a court painter, the girls cast a critical eye over the depictions of Tudor Monarchs and members of their courts. There was some keen disagreement and lively debate between the Art Historians and Historians about the aesthetics of the paintings in comparison with their value as historical sources.

For both groups, the chance to examine some of the key figures of their courses up close and appreciate Holbein’s astonishing draughtsmanship made for a wonderful afternoon.