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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

'Noli Me Tangere' 1526-28

RCIN 400001

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‘Noli me tangere’ is the Latin for ‘touch me not’, the words spoken to Mary Magdalene by Christ after she discovers him risen from the tomb. Their dramatic encounter is echoed by the figures of St Peter and St Andrew who had earlier discovered the empty tomb. The drama, the landscape and the dawn light contrasting with the ethereal light from the tomb show Holbein’s debt to German painting.