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About Hans Holbein - Famous Portrait Painter

Updated on September 8, 2014
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Katherine has researched and written about many British, European and Japanese Artists - both past and present

Self Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain], Media: color chalk, pen and gold.  Dimensions Height: 32 cm (12.6 in). Width: 26 cm (10.2 in).
Self Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain], Media: color chalk, pen and gold. Dimensions Height: 32 cm (12.6 in). Width: 26 cm (10.2 in). | Source

An introduction to Hans Holbein the Younger

This is a compendium about Holbein (1497 - 1543) who was an extraordinarily talented draftsman and painter and one of the most important painters in 16th century Europe.

It shares information about Holbein's drawings, paintings and portraits; museums and art galleries and exhibitions where you can see his work, books and articles about his artwork and links to other online resources for artists wanting to improve their knowledge about he worked.

About Hans Holbein

Hans Holbein the Younger was one of the greatest artists of sixteenth century EuropeHe was a Northern Renaissance painter and portait artist who was also a very fine draftsman, printmaker and designer. He worked for many patrons of significance - including being Court Painter to King Henry VIII

Portrait of Henry VIII of England (1537)  by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain]
Portrait of Henry VIII of England (1537) by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain] | Source

A painter of Kings, Queens and other notable people in history

In 1535, Holbein became Holbein was Painter to the Royal Court of King Henry VIII

BOOKS: About Holbein - books on Amazon

Holbein in Museums and Art Galleries - links to online art galleries and online compilations

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Study for the Family Portrait of Thomas More. Pen and brush in black on top of chalk sketch, 38.9 × 52.4 cm. Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel.
Study for the Family Portrait of Thomas More. Pen and brush in black on top of chalk sketch, 38.9 × 52.4 cm. Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel. | Source

BOOKS: Holbein's Drawings

Studies of the Hands of Erasmus of Rotterdam by Hans Holbein the Younger[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Jane Seymour (1508-1537), Henry VIII's third wife. by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain] Tempera on panel
Portrait of Jane Seymour (1508-1537), Henry VIII's third wife. by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain] Tempera on panel | Source

BOOKS: Holbein and England

Henry VIII and Henry VII byHans Holbein the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commonscartoon for wall painting in Whitehall, 1537. Pen in black, with grey, brown, black, and red wash; paper mounted on canvas, 257.8 137.1 cm.National Portrait Gallery, London.

This is the only remaining section of a preparatory drawing Holbein made for a mural at the Palace of Whitehall that included life-sized portraits of Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Henry VII, and Elizabeth of York.

About The Ambassadors

"The Amassadors" by Hans Holbein the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The best way of viewing The Amabassadors is to use the Google Art Project version which allows you to zoom in and out of different parts of the image.Below you'll find a number of links which explain this painting in more details - and why it is so famous

Individual Holbein Paintings

Below are links to sites which display and/or discuss individual paintings by Hans Holbein

The Dance of Death

There are 41 woodcuts in Holbein's dance of death :1- The creation2- The temptation3- Expulsion of Adam and Eve4- Adam tills the soil5- Bones of all men6- The pope7- The emperor8- The king9- The cardinal10- The empress11- The queen12- The bishop13- the duke14- The abbot 15- The abbess16- The nobleman17- The canon18- The judge19- The advocate20- The senator21- The preacher22- The priest23- The monk24- The nun25- The old woman26- The physician27- The astrologer28- The rich man 29- The merchant30- The seaman31- The knight32- The count33- The old man34- The countess35- The noblewoman36- The duchess37- The peddler38- The ploughman39- The child40- The Last Judgment41- The escutcheon of Deat

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