Holbein: Capturing Character (Hardcover)
Stunning portraits by the renowned Renaissance artist illuminate fascinating figures from the European merchant class, intellectual elite, and court of King Henry VIII.
Nobles, ladies, scholars, and merchants were the subjects of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543), an inventive German artist best known for his dazzling portraits. Holbein developed his signature style in Basel and London amid a rich culture of erudition, self-definition, and love of luxury and wit before becoming court painter to Henry VIII. Accompanying the first major Holbein exhibition in the United States, this catalogue explores his vibrant visual and intellectual approach to personal identity. In addition to reproducing many of the artist’s painted and drawn portraits, this volume delves into his relationship with leading intellectuals, such as Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More, as well as his contributions to publishing and book culture, meticulous inscriptions, and ingenious designs for jewels, hat badges, and other exquisite objects.
This volume is published to accompany an exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center from October 19, 2021, to January 9, 2022 and at the Morgan Library & Museum from February 11 to May 15, 2022.
About the Author
Anne T. Woollett is curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Austėja Mackelaitė is the Annette and Oscar de la Renta Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum.
John T. McQuillen is the associate curator of printed books and bindings at the Morgan Library & Museum.
— Christopher Knight
“The well-illustrated catalogue shows that Holbein is the greatest portrait painter in the history of art.”
— Jeffrey Meyers
“[A] satisfying catalogue.”
— Jason Farago
“[A] sumptuous catalog.”
— Jenny Uglow
“This comprehensive survey of the life and works of Hans Holbein the Younger demonstrates how inventive and versatile he was in printmaking, drawing, painting, and ornamental design. . . . Highly recommended.”
— A. Golahny