CategoriesArt & Architecture HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER 1497-1543


HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER 1497-1543

NORBERT WOLF    Book Number: 81171    Product format: Hardback

Religion, Renaissance, and Reformation - these three ideologies shaped the world of 16th century portraitist Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98-1543), a pivotal figure of the Northern Renaissance, whose skills took him to Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and England, and garnered patrons and subjects as prestigious as Henry VIII, Thomas More, Anne of Cleves and Reformation advocate Thomas Cromwell. This book brings together key Holbein paintings to explore his illustrious and international career as well as the courtly drama and radical religious change that informed his work. With rich illustration, we survey the masterful draftsmanship and almost supernatural ability to control details, from the textures of luxurious clothing to the ornament of a room, that secured Holbein's place as one of the greatest portraitists in Western art history. From Flemish-style realism to late medieval German composition and Italian formal grandeur. During his time in England, Holbein became official court painter to Henry VIII, producing both reformist propaganda and royalist paintings to bolster Henry's status as monarch and as the new Supreme Head of the Church following the English Reformation. His portrait of Henry from 1537 is regarded not only as a portraiture pinnacle but also as an iconic record of this transformative monarch and the Tudor dynasty and of Jane Seymour, rich in jewellery and velvet. Through this turbulent period, Holbein also produced anticlerical woodcuts, and sketched and painted Lutheran merchants, visiting ambassadors, Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas Godsalve, Richard Southwell, and Henry's notorious succession of wives. Features a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his cultural and historical importance, a concise biography and approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions. 8.3" x 10.2", 96 pages. Colour illus. New from Taschen.
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ISBN 9783836563727
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