Hans Holbein

The Artist in a Changing World

Jeanne Nuechterlein

Hans Holbein

Jeanne Nuechterlein

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288 pages | 65 color plates, 5 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789142112 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Immensely skillful and inventive, Hans Holbein molded his approach to art-making during a period of dramatic transformation in European society and culture: the emergence of humanism, the impact of the Reformation on religious life, and the effects of new scientific discoveries. Most people have encountered Holbein’s work—think of King Henry VIII and Holbein’s memorable portrait springs to mind, forever defining the Tudor king for posterity—but little is widely known about the artist himself. This overview of Holbein looks at his art through the changes in the world around him. Offering insightful and often surprising new interpretations of visual and historical sources that have rarely been addressed, Jeanne Nuechterlein reconstructs what we know of the life of this elusive figure, illuminating the complexity of his world and the images he generated.
Contents
Introduction 1 Techniques, Materials, Skills 2 Education, Knowledge, Styles 3 Religion, Reformation, Politics 4 Science, Observation, Manipulation 5 Patrons, Status, Court Conclusion: The Individual and the Type Timeline References Selected Reading Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index
Review Quotes
Susan Foister, deputy director and curator, National Gallery, London
“Nuechterlein presents the first modern overview of Holbein’s entire achievement and examines his responses to major changes in contemporary belief systems—Renaissance humanism, the Protestant Reformation, and new scientific and geographical discoveries—all explained with admirable clarity. Analyzing Holbein’s work across Germany, Switzerland, and England, from tiny woodcuts and metalcuts to full-size altarpieces, she brilliantly brings into focus not only Holbein’s extraordinary creative responses to change but also the people for whom and with whom he worked, illuminating Northern European art and society at a crucial turning point.”
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