Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 — 1543)

                                                                                            
Portrait of Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette
1534-1535

Holbein is commonly considered one of the greatest portraitists in art history, and that's not a fluff sentiment. As many Northern Renaissance painters, Holbein was able to combine the austerity of the Gothic and Early Renaissance styles with the revolutions of the High Renaissance and Mannerism. Holbein was particularly able at capturing a tremendous amount of life in his characters, especially in their facial features, despite an overwhelming sense of calm among them. A simply grand artist. 

The Artist's Family
1528

The Passion [Detail]
1524-1525

Portrait of Catherine Howard
1540-1541

The Ambassadors
1533

Darmstadt Madonna
c. 1526-1528

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