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Between the work of Holbein and Ron Mueck, many different styles have been used to define the "real" in art. Now we seem to want a reality that dwarfs us

By Ben Lewis   September 2006

I wish to announce a “realism” alert. Over the next few months, art critics and curators are likely to make widespread and irresponsible use of this abstract noun in an effort to describe the achievements of two artists separated by five centuries.

One of these is the sculptor Ron Mueck, a former model-maker linked to the Britart of the 1990s, who has a new exhibition running in Edinburgh’s National Galleries of Scotland; the other is Hans Holbein, the 16th-century German artist who painted English courtiers. He is the subject of a blockbuster show, “Holbein in England,” at Tate Britain in…

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