Holbein: Capturing Character

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Holbein: Capturing Character

Published on February 11, 2022

Hans Holbein the Younger was among the most skilled, versatile, and inventive artists of the early 1500s. He created captivating portraits of courtiers, merchants, scholars, and statesmen in Basel, Switzerland, and later in England, and served as a court painter to Tudor King Henry VIII. Enriched by inscriptions, insignia, and evocative attributes, his portraits comprise eloquent visual statements of personal identity and illuminate the Renaissance culture of erudition, self-fashioning, luxury, and wit.

In addition to showcasing Holbein’s renowned drawn and painted likenesses of these sitters, the exhibition highlights the artist’s activities as a designer of prints, printed books, personal devices, and jewels. Works by Holbein’s famed contemporaries, such as Jan Gossaert and Quentin Metsys, and a display of intricate period jewelry and book bindings offer further insights into new cultural interests in the representation of individual identity, and highlight the visual splendor of the art and culture of the time.

The exhibition runs from 2/11/22 - 5/15/22 at the Morgan Library, 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016.

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For more exhibitions and events, visit the ARC Calendar.