Hans Holbein the Younger
Painting, Visual Artist
1497 – 1543
Who was Hans Holbein the Younger?
Hans Holbein the Younger was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school.
Born in Augsburg, Holbein worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first he painted murals and religious works and designed for stained glass windows and printed books. He also painted the occasional portrait, making his international mark with portraits of the humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. When the Reformation reached Basel, Holbein worked for reformist clients while continuing to serve traditional religious patrons. His Late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance Humanism. The result was a combined aesthetic uniquely his own.
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- Also known as
- Hans Holbein
- King's Painter, Monarchy of the United Kingdom
- Lived in
(1531 - 1543)
(1514 - 1526)
(1527 - 1528)
(1528 - 1531)
- Resting place
- St Katharine Cree
on July 23, 2013
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