William Theiss is a PhD candidate in history at Princeton University.

Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662 -1726) (detail; 1725), Charles Claude Dubut.

Why did European nobles go all gooey for waxworks?

They’re now little more than popular amusements – but with their discomfiting realism, wax effigies were once considered fit for royalty

15 Jun 2022
A Member of the Wedigh Family (detail; c. 1533), Hans Holbein the Younger. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Holbein’s signs and seals really deliver at the Morgan Library

By homing in on Holbein’s miniatures, this survey of the Renaissance master gives us a broad picture of the world he lived in

28 Feb 2022