Date created: 1533
Dimensions: 81 x 82.5 inches
Current ownership: National Gallery London
Medium: Oil on oak
The main features of the painting are:
Symbolism: The painting has symbolic undertones. Notice the distorted skull at the bottom.
Value: The lights and shadows are finely rendered. Notice the smooth value gradations.
Color contrast: Warm reds against cool greens.
Intricate brushwork and detail: The painting has a refined finish.
Complexity: Notice all the intricate patterns and objects.
Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.
Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.
The work has been described as "one of the most staggeringly impressive portraits in Renaissance art." Wikipedia
Here are some similar paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger: