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      //HANS HOLBEIN//



      • Known as: German artist
      • Born: circa 1497, Augsburg, Bavaria
      • Died: 1543 (plague)



    • Hans Holbein the Younger painted in the Northern Renaissance style and was, arguably the most realistic and accomplished portrait painter from the North.

      He started in his father's (Hans Holbein the Elder) shop; by 1, he and his brother were in Basle working for a local painter. He was soon working for publishers, and it is probaly through one of these contacts, Froben, that he met the Dutch humanist and theologian Erasmus (c.1466-1536)around 1515/16.

      His early works revelaed his gift for characterization and realism.

      In 1517, he left Basle, returning two years later after the death of his brother. He married and became a citizen in 1520. He worked on and off on a commission to paint the Council Chamber from 1521 to 1530; he also illustrated the Luther bible and published Dance of Death (1523/4), and the Alphabet of Death (1524).

      Successful as he was, it was not until he completed three portraits of Eramus in 1523 that his international reputation as a portraitist soared. The Reformation made it difficult for Holbein to support himself as an artist in Basel though, and, three years later, he left Basle and travelled to London, armed with introductions from Eramus to Archbishop Wareham and Sir Thomas More. He spent eighteen months there, and painted the large group of the More family.

      Thereafter, he returned to Basle but, in 1532, went back to England. More was now in disfavour and for the next four years he worked mainly for the Merchants of the Steelyard. He also entered Royal service and his work for Henry VIII included Henry with his Queen, Jane Seymour, and Henry VIII and Elizabeth of York . Henry also employed Holbein as a goldsmith's designer and on painted and architectural decorations. He was also employed to go abroad and paint prospective brides for the King.

      Holbein died of plague while working on another portrait of Henry.


      Trivia:

      • Early portraits include Burgomaster Meyer and his Wife (1516), and Bonifacius Amerbach (1519, Basle)
      • Early religious works include Dead Christ (1521, Basle) and Solothurn Madonna (1522, Solothurn)
      • Prospective bride paintings for King Henry VIII included The Duchess of Milan (1538, National Gallery, London), and Anne of Cleves (1539/40, Paris, Louvre)
      • His brother was called Ambrosius Holbein
      • None of his decorations or goldsmith's work in England has survived
      • His large decorative works were influenced by the Milanese style


      Collections:

      • Basle
      • Berlin
      • Boston (Mus. and Gardner)
      • Brunswick
      • Cleveland Ohio
      • Darmstadt
      • Detroit
      • Dresden
      • Florence (Uffizi)
      • Frankfurt (Stadel)
      • Freiburg im Breisgau (Cathedral)
      • The Hague
      • Karlsruhe
      • Liverpool
      • London (NG, National Portrait Gallery, V & A, Wallace Coll., Guildhall)
      • Los Angeles
      • Munich
      • New York (Met. Mus., Frink Coll.)
      • Ottawa
      • Paris (Louvre)
      • Parma
      • Philadelphia (Johnson)
      • Rome (Gall. Naz.)
      • St Louis
      • Stuggart
      • Toledo Ohio
      • Vienna
      • Washington (NG)
      • Windsor (85 drawings for portraits in the Royal Collection)
      • Zurich





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      hans holbein the younger / a school teacher explaining the meaning of a letter to illiterate workers, 1516 hans holbein the younger / erasmus hans holbein the younger / erasmus, 1523 hans holbein the younger / henry VIII hans holbein the younger / jane seymour hans holbein the younger / madonna of the burgermeister meyer
      hans holbein the younger / miniature portrait of mrs. pemberton, c 1535 hans holbein the younger / portrait of anne of cleves (1515-57) 1539 hans holbein the younger / portrait of desiderius erasmus (1466-1536) hans holbein the younger / portrait of edward VI as a child hans holbein the younger / portrait of henry Viii (1491-1547) aged 49, 1540 hans holbein the younger / portrait of nicholas kratzer (1487-circa 1550) 1528
      hans holbein the younger / self portrait as st. sebastian hans holbein the younger / the artist's wife and children, 1528 hans holbein the younger / the body of the dead christ in the tomb, 1521 hans holbein the younger / thomas cromwell, 1st earl of essex hans holbein the younger / thomas cromwell, 1st earl of essex hans holbein the younger / william warham
      hans holbein the younger / the ambassadors hans holbein the younger / bildnis eines mannes hans holbein the younger / kaufmann gisze hans holbein the younger / portrait einer jungen frau hans holbein the younger / sir thomas godsalve und sein sohn hans holbein the younger / self portrait
      hans holbein the younger / anne cresacre hans holbein the younger / cicely heron hans holbein the younger / lady lister hans holbein the younger / lady parker hans holbein the younger / mother jack hans holbein the younger / thomas morus
      hans holbein the younger / sir thomas eliot hans holbein the younger /  john morus hans holbein the younger / portrait of a youth in a broad-brimmed hat, circa 1524-26 hans holbein the younger / sir john godsalve hans holbein the younger / lady surry hans holbein the younger / lady heneghan


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