Hans Holbein the Younger - Allegory of the Old and New Testament

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Hans Holbein the Younger

“An Allegory of the Old and New Testaments” (1530)

I have chose Hans Holbein the Younger, as my artist for this critical essay. He was an accomplished portraitist during the Tudor Dynasty,as well as King Henry’s private painter. I would have like to have done some of his portraits, but I felt that it would be very difficult for this assignment, as his portraits were more of a modeling, as opposed to creative imagery art.

The piece that I have chosen is “An Allegory of the Old and New Testaments”. I have included a picture of the piece on my cover page for reference.

About Hans Holbein the Younger:

Hans Holbein the Younger, was born in Ausberg, Holy Roman Empire (Germany) in the winter of 1497, and died in London, England between October 7th and November 29th 1543 (aged 45).

He was fathered by Hans Holbein the Elder, who was already an accomplished journey- man painter. Hans Holbein the Younger, followed in his father’s artistic footsteps to become an artist himself. In 1515, as a journeyman painter, he moved to Basel- where he became an apprentice to Hans Herbster(Basel’s number one painter). Hobein the Younger found art in many different aspects, in many different cultures. In 1526, he found his calling in London, England- where he befriended Sir Thomas Moore, and his reputation immediately took flight. By 1535, he was known as the best portraitist as well as the Royal Painter.His ability however, was not limited to just paintings. His productions also included decorations, jewelry design, plate as well as other prized objects.

Holbein’s last years led him to turn from portraits, after the execution of long-time friend Thomas Cromwell, his time was spent occupied on private commissions. He no longer spent the majority of his time painting for the nobles, as he never got over the executions, that were all around him.

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