Holbein - Capturing Character Anne T. Woollett, Austeja Mackelaite, John T. Mcquillen

Publication date:
19 Oct 2021
Getty Publications
192 pages: 305 x 242 x 23mm

Nobles, ladies, scholars, and merchants were the subjects of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98-1543), an inventive German artist best known for his dazzling portraits. Holbein developed his signature style in Basel and London amid a rich culture of erudition, self-definition, and love of luxury and wit before becoming court painter to Henry VIII. Accompanying the first major Holbein exhibition in the United States, this catalogue explores his vibrant visual and intellectual approach to personal identity. In addition to reproducing many of the artist's painted and drawn portraits, this volume delves into his relationship with leading intellectuals, such as Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More, as well as his contributions to publishing and book culture, meticulous inscriptions, and ingenious designs for jewels, hat badges, and other exquisite objects.

Anne T. Woollett is curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Austeja Mackelaite is the Annette and Oscar de la Renta Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum. John T. McQuillen is the associate curator of printed books and bindings at the Morgan Library & Museum.