The King's Painter: The Life of Hans Holbein

The King's Painter: The Life of Hans Holbein

by Franny Moyle

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Overview

From a distinguished art historian, a dramatic reappraisal of Renaissance master Hans Holbein, whose art shaped politics and immortalized the Tudors

Hans Holbein the Younger is chiefly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realized portraiture, which includes representations of Henry VIII, his advisors Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell, his wives Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, and an array of the Tudor lords and ladies encountered during the course of two sojourns in England. But beyond these familiar images, which have come to define our perception of the age, Holbein was a multifaceted genius: a humanist, satirist, and political propagandist, and a deft man whose work was rich in layers of symbolism and allusion.

In The King’s Painter, biographer Franny Moyle traces and analyzes 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. It is a work of serious scholarship written for a wide audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647005214
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560

About the Author

Franny Moyle is the author of three well-regarded works of history and biography, most recently Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner. A graduate of Cambridge University, Moyle worked as a producer and director at BBC Television for more than a decade, including as the first commissioner of arts and culture for all four BBC main channels, before leaving to pursue her own projects in 2005. She is married to the director Richard Curson Smith, has three children, and lives in London.

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