William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, who played an important role as an intermediary between England and the Papacy, is portrayed here from the waist up, in his private chapel. He is surrounded by luxurious ecclesiastical attributes and insignia of his elevated rank, which contrast with the realism of his aged, care-worn face. Holbein painted the parchment bearing the painting's date (1527) and the model's age (70) in trompe-l'oeil. Read more...
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