Holbein and England

Holbein and England

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Yale University
An original account of how one of the greatest Renaissance artists held a mirror up to the cultural life of early Tudor England.

One of the greatest artists of sixteenth-century Europe, Hans Holbein the younger earned high acclaim for his work both in the city of Basel and in England for Henry VIII and other patrons. This book is the first to explore the full range of the artist’s English body of work as well as the relation of this work to the visual and material culture of Tudor England. Providing a detailed account of the paintings, drawings, and woodcuts that Holbein produced in England, the book demonstrates convincingly that that country was not as remote from a common European culture as is often assumed. Rather, it was an unmistakable part of that culture.
Susan Foister discusses not only Holbein's well-known portraits but also his decorative paintings and murals, now lost, his designs for goldsmiths, and the works that can be associated with the English Reformation. In addition, she considers Holbein's religious and secular images, his techniques and practices, his status as an official court painter, and a variety of other intriguing topics.


Blackwell North Amer
One of the greatest artists of sixteenth-century Europe, Han Holbein the Younger earned high acclaim for his work both in the city of Basel and in England for Henry VIII and other patrons. This book is the first to explore the full scope of the artist's work in England, as well as the relationship of this work to the visual and material culture of Tudor England. Drawing on a wide array of documentary sources to analyse the range of images that would have been familiar to the courtiers who patronized Holbein, the book demonstrates convincingly that England was not as remote from a common European culture as is often assumed. Rather, it was an unmistakable part of that culture.
Best known today as a portraitist, Holbein's achievements in fact cover a broader range. Susan Foister discusses in full his decorative paintings and murals, now lost, his designs for goldsmiths, and works that can be associated with the English Reformation. She also provides a detailed account of Holbein's artistic techniques and practices, and his status as a court painter. Finally, she sets Holbein's portraits in their contemporary context, examining his vivid likenesses of men and women from the Tudor court, as well as of Henry VIII and his queens.

Publisher: New Haven : Published for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780300102802
0300102801
Branch Call Number: 759.3 HOLBE FOIST
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Holbein, Hans 1497-1543

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