Hans Holbein the Younger Biography
(One of the Greatest Portraitists of the 16th Century)
Born In: Augsburg, Germany
Hans Holbein the Younger was an artist, draftsman, and designer from the Holy Roman Empire. Known for his Northern Renaissance style, Holbein is widely regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He had also done religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda and prolifically contributed to the history of book design. Originally from Augsburg, he was predominantly active in Basel as a young artist. During this period, he produced murals and religious works, made stained glass windows, and printed books. He also did rare portraits. In 1526, he left Continental Europe for England, looking for work. Over the course of the next decade, he established himself there, receiving patronage from the likes of Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. By 1535, he had become the painter of King Henry VIII. During his service in the English court, he created portraits and festive decorations, as well as designs for jewellery, plates, and other precious objects. The portraits he painted of the royal family and nobles serve as a record of the court during the years when Henry was implementing his dominance over the Church of England.