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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk (1535-1551) c. 1541

RCIN 422294

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Henry Brandon wears a doublet made of shot silk (also known as ‘changeant’ fabric). Constructed using warp and weft threads of differing colours, it has a characteristic iridescent appearance. Holbein skilfully layers the paint to show how the silk on the sitter’s arm changes colour, from red to green, as it rotates away from the viewer.