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Hans Holbein the Younger

German, 1497–1543

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Hans Holbein the Younger

German, 1497–1543

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Considered one of the great portraitists of the 16th century, Hans Holbein came from a family of artists; his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, and his uncle Sigmund were renowned for their late Gothic painting. While living in Basel, Switzerland, Holbein the Younger gained recognition for his woodcut book illustrations, and met the famous Dutch scholar Erasmus, who invited him to illustrate his satire The Praise of Folly. Holbein also illustrated Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible and produced a famous set of 41 woodcuts depicting the medieval Dance of Death. He later moved to London, where he became court painter to Henry VIII. Epitomizing the Northern Renaissance with his meticulously detailed style, Holbein produced more than 100 miniature and full-size portraits at Henry VIII’s court, of subjects including Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, and the king himself.

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Biography

Considered one of the great portraitists of the 16th century, Hans Holbein came from a family of artists; his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, and his uncle Sigmund were renowned for their late Gothic painting. While living in Basel, Switzerland, Holbein the Younger gained recognition for his woodcut book illustrations, and met the famous Dutch scholar Erasmus, who invited him to illustrate his satire The Praise of Folly. Holbein also illustrated Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible and produced a famous set of 41 woodcuts depicting the medieval Dance of Death. He later moved to London, where he became court painter to Henry VIII. Epitomizing the Northern Renaissance with his meticulously detailed style, Holbein produced more than 100 miniature and full-size portraits at Henry VIII’s court, of subjects including Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, and the king himself.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Kunstmuseum Basel
Group
Group show at a major institution
Kunstmuseum Basel, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Hans Holbein the Younger
I’m Obsessed with the Doppelgänger of My Wedding Ring in This Holbein Painting
Dec 12th, 2019
I’m Obsessed with the Doppelgänger of My Wedding Ring in This Holbein Painting
Decoding the Symbolism in Hans Holbein’s “Ambassadors”
Aug 17th, 2018
Decoding the Symbolism in Hans Holbein’s “Ambassadors”
The Northern Renaissance
Dec 30th, 2015
The Northern Renaissance
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