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Hans Holbein, the younger

German painter and draftsman, active in Switzerland and England

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Born 1497 or 1498, died 1543, active in Switzerland and England. Hans was regarded as the most important portrait painter in England during the Reformation. He began his career in Basel, where he worked mainly as a painter of altarpieces and designer of woodcuts. He visited England in 1526 to 1528 and through Erasmus, he met Sir Thomas More and his circle. Returning to Basel he received commissions from city authorities and produced designs for stained glass and goldsmiths' work. In 1532 he returned to England, where he worked almost exclusively as a portrait painter, mainly under the patronage of King Henry VIII and his courtiers.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500005259.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Hans Holbein, the younger:

After Hans Holbein the Younger Historiarum Veteris Testamenti icones ad uiuum expressae, ca. 1539 Woodcut on limp vellum in bound volume
After Hans Holbein the Younger The Nobleman (Der Edelman), ca. 1538 Woodcut
After Hans Holbein the Younger The Preacher, ca. 1538 Woodcut
After Hans Holbein the Younger St. Paul (S. Paulus), 16th century Woodcut
After Hans Holbein the Younger Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam [with the Terminus], 1535-1538 Woodcut
Félix Bracquemond after Hans Holbein the Younger Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1863 Etching
Anthony van Dyck after Hans Holbein the Younger Desiderius Erasmus, ca. 1640-1650 Etching
Francesco Bartolozzi after Hans Holbein the Younger Harry Guldeford Knight, 1792 Stipple engraving printed in colors on wove paper
Francesco Bartolozzi after Hans Holbein the Younger The Lady Rich, 1795 Stipple engraving printed in colors
Félix Bracquemond after Hans Holbein the Younger Portrait of Erasmus, late 19th century - early 20th century Photogravure
Wenceslaus Hollar after Hans Holbein the Younger Uriah’s Letter, 1638 Etching on laid paper
Félix Bracquemond after Hans Holbein the Younger Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1863 Etching and engraving
Thomas Bewick after Hans Holbein the Younger The New-Married Pair [and] The Merchant, ca. 1789 Wood engraving on wove paper
Thomas Bewick after Hans Holbein the Younger The Old Woman [and] The Child, ca. 1789 Wood engraving on wove paper
Thomas Bewick after Hans Holbein the Younger The Gentlemen [and] The Canon, ca. 1789 Wood engraving on wove paper
Thomas Bewick after Hans Holbein the Younger The Peasant [and] The Knight or Soldier, ca. 1789 Wood engraving on wove paper
Wenceslaus Hollar after Hans Holbein the Younger Anne of Cleves, Wife of Henry VIII, 1648 Etching on laid paper
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