Hans Holbein the Younger and his brother followed the artistic tradition of their father, Hans Holbein the Elder. Working in Basel, Switzerland during the time of religious upheaval, Holbein painted and worked with both reformers and traditionalists alike. His position as court painter was won through a recommendation by his friend Erasmus, who sent him to scholar Sir Thomas More in Britain. From his beautiful portraits of More and his family, he eventually landed in the court of King Henry VIII.
Holbein's work was highly prized from early in his career. After his death, some of his work was lost, but much was collected, and by the nineteenth century, he was established among the great masters. Holbein's art has sometimes been called realist, since he drew and painted what he saw with an unusual precision. He was also highly versatile. He applied his fluid line to designs that ranged from intricate jewelery to monumental frescoes. His portraits were renowned for their verisimilitude, and it is through Holbein's eyes that many famous figures of his day, such as Erasmus and More, are now "seen." He was never content, however, with mere outward appearance. In the Renaissance tradition, he embedded layers of symbolism, allusion, and paradox in his paintings, to the lasting fascination of scholars. In the words of art historian Ellis Waterhouse, his portraiture "remains unsurpassed for sureness and economy of statement, penetration into character, and a combined richness and purity of style."
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