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Holbein at the Tudor Court

A collection of portraits made during Hans Holbein’s time as the leading artist at the court of Henry VIII.
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543) first went to England in 1526, and by 1535 he was King’s Painter to Henry VIII. Holbein at the Tudor Court focuses on the internationally significant collection of portraits by Holbein from that period that is part of the Royal Collection. Along with beautiful reproductions of Holbein’s drawings, miniatures, and paintings, the book offers essays on the artist, his sitters, and on the history of his work that is held by the Royal Collection, as well as a series of entries on individual works. It delivers insights about the portraits and their subjects, and it also brings in voices from the period, as found in letters, poems, administrative records, and diplomatic accounts, to bring the world of the sixteenth-century English court to life. 

160 pages | 86 color plates | 8 x 10

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents


Essay: The Life and Art of Hans Holbein

Essay: Hans Holbein and the Royal Collection

Chapter 1 – Friends and Patrons

Chapter 2 – Courtiers and Court Officials

Chapter 3 – Diplomats, Military Men and Writers

Chapter 4 – Noble Dynasties: The Dukedoms of Norfolk and Suffolk

Chapter 5 – The King’s Painter: The Royal Family

Chapter 6 – Mystery Sitters


Short bibliography

Index of names and places


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