Hans holbein the younger
b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.[2] He also produced religious art, satire and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school. Born in Augsburg, Holbein worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first he painted murals and religious works and designed for stained glass windows and printed books. He also painted the occasional portrait, making his international mark with portraits of the humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. When the Reformation reached Basel, Holbein worked for reformist clients while continuing to serve traditional religious patrons. His Late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance Humanism. The result was a combined aesthetic uniquely his own. Holbein travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus. He was welcomed into the humanist circle of Thomas More, where he quickly built a high reputation. After returning to Basel for four years, he resumed his career in England in 1532. This time he worked for the twin founts of patronage, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. By 1535, he was King's Painter to King Henry VIII. In this role, he produced not only portraits and festive decorations but designs for jewellery, plate, and other precious objects. His portraits of the royal family and nobles are a vivid record of a brilliant court in the momentous years when Henry was asserting his supremacy over the English church. Holbein's art was prized from early in his career. The French poet and reformer Nicholas Bourbon dubbed him "the Apelles of our time".[3] Holbein has also been described as a great "one-off" of art history, since he founded no school.[4] After his death, some of his work was lost, but much was collected, and by the 19th century, Holbein was recognised among the great portrait masters. Recent exhibitions have also highlighted his versatility.

 

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Hans holbein the younger The astronomer Nikolaus Kratzer (mk45) oil painting   

Painting ID::  25875
Hans holbein the younger
The astronomer Nikolaus Kratzer (mk45)
1528 Oil on panel. 83x67cm Paris,Musee du Louvre

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Erasmus of Rotterdam (mk45) oil painting   

Painting ID::  25904
Hans holbein the younger
Erasmus of Rotterdam (mk45)
c.1523 Oil on panel 42x32cm Paris,Museee du Louvre

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (mk45) oil painting   

Painting ID::  25968
Hans holbein the younger
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (mk45)
1523 Oil on panel 76x51cm

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Self-Portrait oil painting   

Painting ID::  26733
Hans holbein the younger
Self-Portrait
mk52 c.1540-3 Coloured chalks on paper 32x26cm Uffizi,Florence

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Portrait of an Old Man oil painting   

Painting ID::  28731
Hans holbein the younger
Portrait of an Old Man
mk61 Oil on panel 62x47cm

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Portrait of Sir Richard Southwell oil painting   

Painting ID::  29933
Hans holbein the younger
Portrait of Sir Richard Southwell
mk67 Oil on panel 18 11/16x15in Uffizi,Gallery

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Self-Portrait oil painting   

Painting ID::  30050
Hans holbein the younger
Self-Portrait
mk67 Colored drawing on panel 12 9/16x10 1/4in

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Thomas Cromwell oil painting   

Painting ID::  31737
Hans holbein the younger
Thomas Cromwell
mk76 Painted c.1532-33 Oil on panel 30 7/8x25 3/8in

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Details of Thomas Cromwell oil painting   

Painting ID::  31738
Hans holbein the younger
Details of Thomas Cromwell
mk76 Painted c.1532-33 Oil on panel 30 7/8x25 3/8in

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Sir thomas more oil painting   

Painting ID::  31739
Hans holbein the younger
Sir thomas more
mk76 Dated 1527 Oil on panel 29 1/2x23 3/4in

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Details of Sir thomas more oil painting   

Painting ID::  31740
Hans holbein the younger
Details of Sir thomas more
mk76 Dated 1527 Oil on panel 29 1/2x23 3/4in

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger The Ambassadors oil painting   

Painting ID::  33522
Hans holbein the younger
The Ambassadors
mk86 1533 Tempera on wood 207x209.5cm London,National Gallery

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Madonna of Mercy and the Family of Jakob Meyer zum Hasen oil painting   

Painting ID::  33523
Hans holbein the younger
Madonna of Mercy and the Family of Jakob Meyer zum Hasen
mk86 c.1528/29 Gum tempera on wood 144x101cm

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze oil painting   

Painting ID::  33524
Hans holbein the younger
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze
mk86 1532 Oil on wood 96x86cm Berlin,Gemal Degalerie,Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Cardinal Albrecht of Branden-burg before the Crucifiel Christ oil painting   

Painting ID::  33525
Hans holbein the younger
Cardinal Albrecht of Branden-burg before the Crucifiel Christ
mk86 c.1520-1530

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Thomas Cromwell oil painting   

Painting ID::  38208
Hans holbein the younger
Thomas Cromwell
mk29 Oil on oak apanel 78.4x64.4cm

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Sir Thomas More oil painting   

Painting ID::  38211
Hans holbein the younger
Sir Thomas More
mk29 1528 Oil on oak panel 74.9x60.3cm

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Portrait of Fane Seymour,Queen of England oil painting   

Painting ID::  39707
Hans holbein the younger
Portrait of Fane Seymour,Queen of England
mk150 1536 Oak 65.4x50.7cm

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Portrait of a young mercant oil painting   

Painting ID::  39708
Hans holbein the younger
Portrait of a young mercant
mk150 1541 46.5x34.8cm

   
   
     

 

 

Hans holbein the younger Dr Fohn Chambers oil painting   

Painting ID::  39709
Hans holbein the younger
Dr Fohn Chambers
mk150 1543 Oak 57.8x39.7cm

   
   
     

 

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Hans holbein the younger
b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.[2] He also produced religious art, satire and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school. Born in Augsburg, Holbein worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first he painted murals and religious works and designed for stained glass windows and printed books. He also painted the occasional portrait, making his international mark with portraits of the humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. When the Reformation reached Basel, Holbein worked for reformist clients while continuing to serve traditional religious patrons. His Late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance Humanism. The result was a combined aesthetic uniquely his own. Holbein travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus. He was welcomed into the humanist circle of Thomas More, where he quickly built a high reputation. After returning to Basel for four years, he resumed his career in England in 1532. This time he worked for the twin founts of patronage, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. By 1535, he was King's Painter to King Henry VIII. In this role, he produced not only portraits and festive decorations but designs for jewellery, plate, and other precious objects. His portraits of the royal family and nobles are a vivid record of a brilliant court in the momentous years when Henry was asserting his supremacy over the English church. Holbein's art was prized from early in his career. The French poet and reformer Nicholas Bourbon dubbed him "the Apelles of our time".[3] Holbein has also been described as a great "one-off" of art history, since he founded no school.[4] After his death, some of his work was lost, but much was collected, and by the 19th century, Holbein was recognised among the great portrait masters. Recent exhibitions have also highlighted his versatility.