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Profile of Hans Holbein the Younger
A biography of Hans Holbein the Younger, from birth to the court of King Henry the XIII.
# 150902 | 2,084 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2012 in Art (Artists) , Art (Painting) , History (European - 16th Century)

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The paper describes Hans Holbein the Younger's early years in Basel, Switzerland, and then in London at the time of the fight between Catholics and Protestants. The paper specifically addresses Holbein's popular painting, "The Ambassadors" and looks at his most prolific period when he became the court portraitist for King Henry. The paper includes several of his paintings.

From the Paper:

"The life of Hans Holbein the Younger started in Augsburg, German in 1497. (Wilson 9) He was born into a family of painters: both his father and his uncle Sigmund were well known in Augsburg. (Wilson 13) While growing up, he worked with both of them in the family shop doing a wide variety of art, including commercial, creative art, design, engraving and stained glass. (Wilson 19) In 1517, after a bankruptcy in which all of the family possessions were sold, the family moved to Basel, Switzerland. (Wilson 27) It was then that Hans the Younger had to start out on his own with the experience he gained as an apprentice under his father and uncle as his only and most valuable asset.
"The Younger was influenced not only by his father and uncle, but also other artists of the day, many of whom were contemporaries and friends of his father's. Known to stop by the shop were the likes of Matthis Grunewald and Albrecht Durer. (Wilson 26) Only 13 of Grunewald's paintings survive today, the most widely known being the Isenheim Altarpiece done in 1515 (figure 1), which was falsely attributed to Durer for many years."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anthroposophical Society of New Zealand. 20 Mar. 2005. ASNZ. 20 Mar. 2005. <>.
  • Buck, Stephanie and Jochen Sander. Hans Holbein the Younger, Painter at the Court of Henry VIII. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003.
  • Michael, Erika. Hans Holbein the Younger, A Guide to Research. New York, New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997.
  • Pioch, Nicolas. WebMuseum, Paris. 19 Aug. 2002. 20 Mar. 2005. <>.
  • Wilson, Derek. Hans Holbein, Portrait of an Unknown Man. London, England: Butler & Tanner, LTD., 1996.

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