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Aside from Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger is the most important representative of northern Renaissance painting. His outstanding talents as a portrait painter convincingly established his fame, and beginning no later than 1536, as the court painter of Henry VIII in England, he had achieved an enormous reputation that went far beyond the borders of the German speaking word. With his painting and drawn portraits of both middle-class and noble contemporaries, he influenced what has become our view of the face of the northern Renaissance.

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