Anne of Cleves, 1999

Fidel Castro, 1999

Diana, Princess of Wales, 1999

Yasser Arafat, 1999





In the sixteenth century, Flemish court painter to the British Crown Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) gave us the imposingly regal portrait of HenryVIII 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 nowappears lifelike to you, you had better reconsider what it means to be alive here and now.


- Hiroshi Sugimoto