Who is the best placed interlocutor between Presidents Putin and Zelensky – Bennett? Scholz? Erdogan? Answer – all of them. They are all working in public, and behind the scenes, to mediate the peace deal to end this madness. Also in the frame are Biden and Xi. The faint lines of the compromises necessary can be seen. It’ll take a lot of work to fill them in.
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.