New Release: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein

May 5 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The television producer and author Franny Moyle has a new book coming out later this month entitled The King's Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein. The format of the book seems to look towards the many popular Tudor history books that have been published in recent times.

According to the book's blurb:

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.

Last week I featured one of the pieces of research, relating to Holbein the Younger's earliest portrait, which will be included within the book. Another piece of research was published by earlier this week, explaining Moyle's theory regarding a Holbein miniature in the Royal Collection.

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