The King's Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein

The King's Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein


Hans Holbein the Younger is known as one of the most talented portraitists of the 16th-century, capturing the likeness of important historical figures such as Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Thomas Cromwell, Thomas More, and Anne of Cleves during his two trips to England.

These paintings have come to define our perception of the Henrician court, but there is much more to the life of the German painter. As this book reveals. Holbein was a protean who applied his genius to satire, humanism, political propaganda and book design. His work is full of layered symbolism that has fascinated scholars for centuries.

Through meticulous research, author Franny Moyle analyses the life and career of Holbein through a wider context of political turbulence and cultural transformation; themes which can often be observed in his art. This study is accompanied by detailed reproductions of Holbein and his contemporaries’ work.

Product Code 1051019
Author Franny Moyle
Format Hardback
Pages 576
Publisher Apollo
Published May 2021
Dimensions 16.8 cm x 24 cm x 5cm
ISBN 9781781318744
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