In the sixteenth century, Flemish court painter to the British Crown
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) gave us the imposingly regal
portrait of Henry VIII now kept in London's Royal Portrait Gallery.
Based on this Holbein portrait, the wax figure artisans of Madame
Tussaud's in their consummate skill recreated an absolutely faithful
likeness of the king. Which allowed me\based on my own studies into
the Renaissance lighting Holbein might have painted by\to re-do the
Royal Portrait, substituting photography for painting, the sole recording
medium available at the time. If this photograph now appears lifelike to
you, you had better reconsider what it means to be alive here and now.
- Hiroshi Sugimoto