21May 2025

The Mystery of Holbein’s Ambassadors

Anthony Russell

Hans Holbein was the first great miniature painter to spend much time in England, and his skill and sophistication had far-reaching consequences for our islands’ artistic development. “The Ambassadors” is recognised as one of the National Gallery’s greatest paintings. We will hear about the painting’s creator, the hidden messages within it at a time when no artistic object was without concealed meaning and symbolism.

Anthony Russell

Anthony Russell  is a cultural historian, writer and artist. He has travelled much of the world combining painting with tour lecturing - principally to American university students on bespoke tours and to the Arts Society.

He spent six years as a consultant for Luke Hughes advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings throughout Britain, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals.
Now based in London, he spends much of his time lecturing and undertaking research. At the British Museum, where he runs outreach events and hosts visiting lecturers, he has been described as "Hugh Grant meets the Dalai Lama."