Hans Holbein the Younger’s “Double Portrait of Sir Thomas Godsalve and his Son John” is a painting from 1528 that depicts a close-up view of Thomas, a notary, and his son John. The painting was executed using oil on oak and measures 35 cm in height by 36 cm in width. This portrait painting is part of the collection that captures an image of Sir John Godsalve born around 1505 -56.
Holbein is considered as one of the most significant portraitists from the 16th century. His portraits were used to depict influential figures of the time, notably Thomas More, before he was executed in 1535. The artist contributed immensely to book design and art during the Reformation era.
The double portraiture shows Thomas seated closely behind his young son with both figures gazing directly at the viewer. Holbein’s use of light brings attention to their facial features, revealing great detail in their expressions and clothing styles that showcase their social status.
The “Double Portrait of Sir Thomas Godsalve and his Son John” remains an exquisite example of Holbein’s unique painting style that helped cement him firmly among influential artists with tremendous impact on portraiture elements depicted through most artwork from various other artists’ school.