The King's Painter

The King's Painter The Life and Times of Hans Holbein

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Synopsis

The first illustrated biography of Hans Holbein, the painter who depicted some of the most powerful people of the early sixteenth century.'Evokes the painter and his world as vividly as a Holbein masterpiece. Beautifully written and illustrated, this book is a must for lovers of Tudor history' Tracy BormanFull of insight ... This is a gorgeous book, to which I am sure I shall return again and again' Dan JonesHans Holbein the Younger is chiefly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realised portraiture, which includes representations of Henry VIII, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Jane Seymour and an array of the Tudor lords and ladies he encountered during the course of two sojourns in England. But beyond these familiar images, which have come to define our perception of the world of the Henrician court, Holbein was a protean and multi-faceted genius: a humanist, satirist, political propagandist, and contributor to the history of book design as well as a religious artist and court painter. The rich layers of symbolism and allusion that characterise his work have proved especially fascinating to scholars.Franny Moyle traces and analyses the life and work of an extraordinary artist against the backdrop of an era of political turbulence and cultural transformation, to which his art offers a subtle and endlessly refracting mirror.

Book information

ISBN: 9781788541220
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Imprint: Apollo
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 576
Weight: -1g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm