The King’s Painter: The Life And Times Of Hans Holbein
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One of the most accomplished painters of the 16th century, Hans Holbein the Younger spent two periods of his life in England portraying the nobility of the Tudor court. Chiefly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realised portraiture, including his most famous painting of King Henry VIII, Holbein’s work has defined our perception of the ruling dynasty of this period. Yet beyond these familiar images, Holbein was a talented satirist, political propagandist, a contributor to the history of book design as well as a religious artist and court painter. In this beautifully illustrated talk, Franny Moyle traces 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.