Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) was an outstanding artist of German Renaissance. He spent early half of life in Basel, where he was friends with Erasmus, whose Praise of Folly he illustrated and of whom he painted many portraits. He became painter to Henry VIII in 1535. Among his best paintings are George Gisze, Portrait of a Man, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Erasmus, Sir Richard Southwell, and Sir Henry Wyatt. This painting, titled The Ambassadors, is believed to represent Jean de Dinteville and George de Selve—the French Ambassador to Henry VIII's court and a great scholar who also ser

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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) was an outstanding artist of German Renaissance. He spent early half of life in Basel, where he was friends with Erasmus, whose Praise of Folly he illustrated and of whom he painted many portraits. He became painter to Henry VIII in 1535. Among his best paintings are George Gisze, Portrait of a Man, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Erasmus, Sir Richard Southwell, and Sir Henry Wyatt. This painting, titled The Ambassadors, is believed to represent Jean de Dinteville and George de Selve—the French Ambassador to Henry VIII's court and a great scholar who also served with diplomacy. Both died young. Others ay that the subjects are Henry and Philip, Counts Palatine of the Rhine.