The King's Painter

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

Art & Design , Entertainment , Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2022
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The King's Painter
Stunning. So much more than a just a biography on Holbein
I took this book on my first ever holiday outside of the UK since the start of the pandemic, and am usually one to want the make the most of my time in som... READ MORE
Chris Loizou-Denyer


A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

Hans 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.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781788541220
  • Number of pages: 576
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The King's Painter
If you like the Tudors you’ll enjoy this …
I’ve been rather immersed in the Tudors lately and also studying late Northern Renaissance, so this was a pleasure. Would gladly have paid a extra quid or ... READ MORE
Tim Weisselberg