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Dimensions:
216 × 138 mm
288 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781789142112
Illustrations:
70 illustrations, 65 in colour
Published:
11 May 2020
Series:
Renaissance Lives
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Hans Holbein The Artist in a Changing World Jeanne Nuechterlein

Immensely skillful and inventive, Hans Holbein moulded 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 – Henry VIII was forever defined for posterity by his memorable portrait – 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.

‘Jeanne 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. Analysing 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.’ — Dr Susan Foister, Deputy Director and Curator at the National Gallery, London


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Jeanne Nuechterlein is Reader in the Department of History of Art at the University of York. She is the author of Translating Nature into Art: Holbein, the Reformation, and Renaissance Rhetoric (2011) and Deputy Editor of the journal Art History.

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