Hans Holbein the Younger: 6 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

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Portrait of Henry VIII (1537/1547) by Workshop of Hans Holbein the YoungerWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool

'The great German portrait painter Holbein spent much of his life in England, employed by private patrons and the Court. Among his chief commissions for Henry VIII was a mural in Whitehall Palace showing the King and his wife, Jane Seymour, accompanied by Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.'

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'Probably painted during Holbein's first visit to England in 1526-8, it has been suggested, very plausibly, that the sitter is Anne Lovell.'

Thomas Godsalve and his son Sir John (1528) by Hans Holbein the YoungerRenaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

'This small double portrait was produced on Holbein's first journey to England.'

Portrait of a Scholar or Cleric (1532–1535) by Hans Holbein the YoungerThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Holbein became painter to the court of King Henry VIII of England in 1536. After the artist's death in 1543, numerous drawings of members of the court were found in his studio.'

Portrait of Henry VIII of England (Around 1537) by Hans Holbein, the YoungerMuseo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

'This likeness of the famous Tudor king is a magnificent example of Holbein's remarkable style, characterised by a monumental rendering of figures which are nonetheless endowed with considerable psychological depth. In this markedly linear portrait, Holbein uses the frontal pose of the regal model and the position of his hands to convey the sitter's powerful personality and majestic bearing.'

Edward VI as a Child (probably 1538) by Hans Holbein the YoungerNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC

'After the Reformation had brought social and political upheaval to Germany, creating an unfavorable climate for artists, Holbein moved to England in 1526. He first painted for Sir Thomas More's circle of high servants of the crown and then became painter to the King himself, Henry VIII.'

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