© National Portrait Gallery, London
after Pietro Torrigiano Click on the links below to find out more
plaster cast from head of monument, early 20th century, from a 17th century cast of a work of circa 1516
12 in. (305 mm) high
Given by Alfred Peachey, 1910
- John Yonge (1467-1516), Diplomat. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Princess Mary (later Mary I) is born at Greenwich.
Art and science
Sir Thomas More's Utopia
is published in Louvain, Flanders. The book takes the form of a humanist discussion on systems of government. While the vices of contemporary European society are broadly satirised, it is conceded that a more egalitarian civilisation can only be found in the land of Utopia, Greek for 'Nowhere'. First publication of the Greek text of the New Testament
, with Latin translation and annotations by the Dutch humanist, Desiderius Erasmus.
Death of Ferdinand II of Aragon and succession of his grandson Charles I of Spain. Selim I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire conquers Egypt and Syria.