Hans Holbein the Younger

Painting, Visual Artist

1497 – 1543

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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.

Holbein travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus.

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Born
1497
Augsburg
Also known as
  • Hans Holbein
Parents
Siblings
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Employment
  • King's Painter, Monarchy of the United Kingdom
Lived in
  • Augsburg
  • England
    (1531 - 1543)
  • Basel
    (1514 - 1526)
  • England
    (1527 - 1528)
  • Basel
    (1528 - 1531)
Died
1543
London
Resting place
St Katharine Cree

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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