Our little community, deep in central Brittany, was hard-hit last weekend. On the afternoon of his 46th birthday, our friend Justin, a native of Plymouth, told his French wife, Cecile, that he didn’t feel well. Then he sat down, clutching his chest, and died. It was all over in less than a minute – a massive heart attack.
Holbein’s tiny portrait projects us into a private moment in the life of an ordinary middle-class woman living in the reign of Henry VIII.