“Portrait of Sir Richard Southwell,” Hans Golbein the Younger
- Posted by Hans Golbein the Younger
- Museum: Uffizi Gallery
- Year: 1536
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of Sir Richard Southwell – Hans Golbane the Younger. 1536. Wood, butter. 47.5×38
Portraits created by Hans Golbein are highly psychological and at the same time the generalization measure that lifts the people depicted over everyday life.
In this picture, written at the time when Golbane became the court artist of Henry VIII, presented by Sir Richard Southwell. He served at court, was a member of parliament and a military man who participated in several campaigns. The neutral background and the almost monochrome coloristic gamut of work allow the viewer to focus on the face of the depicted person. The artist accurately conveys all the details of the appearance of Southwell, as well as his calm and confident nature, which happens to many people who have seen in their lives. But the character of the picture, no matter how close to the audience, is isolated from him: he looks intently somewhere in the distance, thinking about his own.
The ability to reveal the soul of a person and at the same time slightly exalt him distinguished Golbein as one of the Renaissance masters.