But it includes two commanding portraits of More and Cromwell’s Frick Collection commanders, antagonists of the Tudor court power struggles, as well as the Uffizi’s portrait of Richard Southwell and the painting. enigmatic “A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling” from London’s National Gallery. There is also a wonderful combination of a sketch from the Royal Collection with a finished portrait of Simon George in Cornwall, showing both Holbein’s skill from the very first use of the pen. and ink on a face and how everything is softened, smoothed and polished in the final image. One has the feeling of having makeup and lights on, and suddenly a slightly scowling and distracted guy has a glossy finish like a screen idol. The addition of a flower on the hand, a fuller beard, and richly textured fabrics complete the transition. Simon George, who we know little about, is ready for battle, armed with charm, poetry and immense pride.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/hans-holbein-getty-center/2021/11/23/d40dfe44-4bdd-11ec-a1b9-9f12bd39487a_story.html The Getty Center hosts America’s first major exhibition of Hans Holbein, the court painter Henry VIII