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Queen Elizabeth never looks quite real in her portraits... I propose a couple reasons why.
We discuss Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors and how anamorphosis works.
Here we discuss the building of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Christopher Wren was a founding member of the Royal Society, and his plans for rebuilding St. Paul's reflect the importance of scientific study in London during the time.
JMW Turner's Rain, Steam and Speed illustrates the complexity of cultural change.