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March 25th, 2011
07:18 PM ET

The Revealer: Secrets in a Work of Art

By Back|Story staff, CNN

"The Revealer", on Back|Story, takes us to London's National Gallery to examine a painting from 1533 called "The Ambassadors". It was depicted by artist Hans Holbein.

The painting is full of small mysteries and little intriguing clues to messages that the artist may have been trying to convey. Susan Foister, of the National Gallery, is an expert on the works of Holbein and points out some truly astounding aspects of the work.

But history and art isn't all this episode of "The Revealer" has to offer. A groundbreaking advance from Internet search brand Google is bringing physical history to the digital world. Some amazing new technology is taking high resolution scans of art like "The Ambassadors" to bring them to the internet, down to the smallest stipple.


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  1. Jason Radley

    A great painting by a great artist but none of these revelations have anything to do with this Google Art Project. If Holbein could pint these details, anyone with a sharp eye or magnifying class could spot them.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Noam

    Monotone audio. Difficult to hear with headphones!

    March 28, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frederica

    I love painting, too, though my friends never get what I want them to get!!! I think painters and poets love making little tricks just like anyone else;-P It's always nicer when there are more things to discover in deeper level than just showing stunning outlook on surface, you know. By the way, how Christian are present Germans? Can they really get the message?

    March 28, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frederica

    Well, every human is a message conveyer in their product or conduct, in a sense. Nothing to be surprised.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paul Vermehren

    Not in the "The Revealer: Secreta in a Work of Art" story! But the footage of the tsunami waves hitting the town.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Desiree

    As a graduate in art history, I really appreciated this video and especially Foister's commentary on the new details of The Ambassadors. Very informative!

    March 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Main Ghazzawi

    In the picture details one can see a script for a musical note or sheet music, can we try to play or construct this musical note so we can study its significance?

    March 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barry M. Edwards

    This is High Technology in the service of Great Art: it's absolutely fascinating how the minute details in Holbein's painting are offered to us with the guidance of a Holbein expert.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary L.

    Art history is always fascinating. Awesome stuff that Google came up with!

    March 29, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frederica

    PS: CNN, I thank you for delivering us the world news. Really appreciated it. I just wish you'd consult religious leaders if you'd conduct censorship. That's only fair. Sometimes you seem to leave real toxic comments but remove normal comments. Don't make yourself a standard because today's English language usage in public is filthy and blasphemous.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |