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  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Nikolaus Kratzer
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - The Ambassadors
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Darmstadt Madonna
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (`The Ambassadors')
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Madonna of the Burgermeister Meyer
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Anne of Cleves
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Bonifacius Amerbach
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Henry VIII and the Barber Surgeons1
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Venus and Amor
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Jane Seymour
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Henry VIII1
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Henry VIII
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Noli me tangere
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Thomas Cromwell
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Sir Thomas More
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - The Last Supper
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Self Portrait
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Derich Born
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Benedikt von Hertenstein
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - The Passion
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Lais of Corinth
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Sir Henry Guildford
  • Hans Holbein The Younger - Portrait of Edward VI as a child
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Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497–between 7 and 29 November 1543) was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father, Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school.

Born in Augsburg, Holbein worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first he painted murals and religious works and designed for stained glass windows and printed books. He also painted the occasional portrait, making his international mark with portraits of the humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. When the Reformation reached Basel, Holbein worked for reformist clients while continuing to serve traditional religious patrons. His Late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance Humanism. The result was a combined aesthetic uniquely his own.

Holbein travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus. He was welcomed into the humanist circle of Thomas More, where he quickly built a high reputation. After returning to Basel for four years, he resumed his career in England in 1532. This time he worked for the twin founts of patronage, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. By 1535, he was King's Painter to King Henry VIII. In this role, he produced not only portraits and festive decorations but designs for jewellery, plate, and other precious objects. His portraits of the royal family and nobles are a vivid record of a brilliant court in the momentous years when Henry was asserting his supremacy over the English church.

Holbein's art was prized from early in his career. The French poet and reformer Nicholas Bourbon dubbed him "the Apelles of our time". Holbein has also been described as a great "one-off" of art history, since he founded no school. After his death, some of his work was lost, but much was collected, and by the 19th century, Holbein was recognised among the great portrait masters. Recent exhibitions have also highlighted his versatility. He turned his fluid line to designs ranging from intricate jewellery to monumental frescoes. Holbein's art has sometimes been called realist, since he drew and painted with a rare precision. His portraits were renowned in their time for their likeness; and it is through Holbein's eyes that many famous figures of his day, such as Erasmus and More, are now "seen". Holbein was never content, however, with outward appearance. He embedded layers of symbolism, allusion, and paradox in his art, to the lasting fascination of scholars. In the view of art historian Ellis Waterhouse, his portraiture "remains unsurpassed for sureness and economy of statement, penetration into character, and a combined richness and purity of style".


Early career
Hans (right) and Ambrosius Holbein, by Hans Holbein the Elder, 1511. Silverpoint on white-coated paper, Berlin State Museums.Holbein was born in the free imperial city of Augsburg during the winter of 1497–98. He was a son of the painter and draughtsman Hans Holbein the Elder, whose trade he and his older brother, Ambrosius, followed. Holbein the Elder ran a large and busy workshop in Augsburg, sometimes assisted by his brother Sigmund, also a painter.

By 1515, Hans and Ambrosius had moved as journeymen painters to the city of Basel, a centre of learning and the printing trade. There they were apprenticed to Hans Herbster, Basel's leading painter. The brothers found work in Basel as designers of woodcuts and metalcuts for printers. In 1515, the preacher and theologian Oswald Myconius invited them to add pen drawings to the margin of a copy of The Praise of Folly by the humanist scholar Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam.
The sketches provide early evidence of Holbein's wit and humanistic leaning. His other early works, including the double portrait of Basel's mayor Jakob Meyer zum Hasen and his wife Dorothea, follow his father's style.

In 1517, father and son began a project in Lucerne (Luzern), painting internal and external murals for the merchant Jakob von Hertenstein. While in Lucerne Holbein also designed cartoons for stained glass. The city's records show that on 10 December 1517, he was fined five livres for fighting in the street with a goldsmith called Caspar, who was fined the same amount. That winter, Holbein probably visited northern Italy, though no record of the trip survives. Many scholars believe he studied the work of Italian masters of fresco, such as Andrea Mantegna, before returning to Lucerne. He filled two series of panels at Hertenstein's house with copies of works by Mantegna, including The Triumphs of Caesar.

Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1523. Oil and tempera on wood, National Gallery, London, on loan from Longford Castle.In 1519, Holbein moved back to Basel. His brother fades from the record at about this time, and it is usually presumed that he died. Holbein re-established himself rapidly in the city, running a busy workshop. He joined the painters' guild and took out Basel citizenship. He married Elsbeth Schmid, a widow a few years older than him who had an infant son, Franz, and was running her late husband's tanning business. She bore Holbein a son of his own, Philipp, in their first year of marriage.

Holbein was prolific during this period in Basel, which coincided with the arrival of Lutheranism in the city. He undertook a number of major projects, such as external murals for The House of the Dance and internal murals for the Council Chamber of the Town Hall. The former are known from preparatory drawings. The Council Chamber murals survive in a few poorly preserved fragments. Holbein also produced a series of religious paintings and designed cartoons for stained glass windows. In a period of revolution in book design, he illustrated for the publisher Johann Froben. His woodcut designs included those for the Dance of Death, the Icones (illustrations of the Old Testament), and the title page of Martin Luther's bible. Through the woodcut medium, Holbein refined his grasp of expressive and spatial effects.

Holbein also painted the occasional portrait in Basel, among them the double portrait of Jakob and Dorothea Meyer, and, in 1519, that of the young academic Boniface Amerbach. According to art historian Paul Ganz, the portrait of Amerbach marks an advance in his style, notably in the use of unbroken colours. For Meyer, he painted an altarpiece of the Madonna which included portraits of the donor, his wife, and his daughter. In 1523, Holbein painted his first portraits of the great Renaissance scholar Erasmus, who required likenesses to send to his friends and admirers throughout Europe. These paintings made Holbein an international artist. Holbein visited France in 1524, probably to seek work at the court of Francis I. When Holbein decided to seek employment in England in 1526, Erasmus recommended him to his friend the statesman and scholar Thomas More. "The arts are freezing in this part of the world," he wrote, "and he is on the way to England to pick up some angels".

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小汉斯·霍尔拜因 (德语:Hans Holbein der Jüngere,约1497年-1543年11月29日以前) 是德国画家,最擅长油画和版画,属于欧洲北方文艺复兴时代的艺术家,他最著名的作品是许多肖像画和系列木版画《死神之舞》。 霍尔拜因出生于巴伐利亚的奥格斯堡,是 欧洲最大的矿冶工业和金融业的中心。他主要是向他的父亲老汉斯·霍尔拜因学习绘画,后来他和哥哥一起去了瑞士的巴塞尔,在那里他遇见人文主义者伊拉斯谟,伊拉斯谟委托他为自己的讽刺作品《愚人颂》绘制插图,他同时还为马丁·路德翻译的德语《圣经》绘制了插图,他也为巴塞尔市政厅绘制壁画,为教堂和私人住宅设计玻璃镶嵌画和装饰画。1517年应邀到瑞士中部作画,顺道到过意大利,学习意大利的“新艺术”。回来后被接纳为巴塞尔画家同业公会会员,和一...
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