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Hans, the Younger Holbein (c. 1497 - between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known for his numerous portraits and his woodcut series of the Dance of Death, and is widely considered one of the finest portraitists of the Early Modern Period.

Holbein was born in Augsburg, and learned how to paint from his father Hans Holbein the Elder. In 1515 he and his brother Ambrosius Holbein went to Basel, where they designed prints, murals and stained glass. During this period, Holbein drew a famous series of pen and ink illustrations in the margins of a book owned by his schoolmaster, The Praise of Folly, by the Dutch humanist Erasmus. Holbein was introduced to Erasmus, and later painted three portraits of him.


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Signboard for a Schoolmaster 1516 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Signboard for a Schoolmaster 1516
Portrait of Henry VIII 1540 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Henry VIII 1540
Portrait of Thomas Cromwell c. 1533 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Thomas Cromwell c. 1533
The Ambassadors [detail: 5] (or Jean de Dinteville... - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
The Ambassadors [detail: 5] (or Jean de Dinteville...
Portrait of Catherine Howard 1540-41 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Catherine Howard 1540-41
Self-Portrait  1542-43 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Self-Portrait 1542-43
Sir Thomas More 1527 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Sir Thomas More 1527
Portrait of Anne of Cleves c. 1539 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Anne of Cleves c. 1539
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze 1532 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze 1532
The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb 1521 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb 1521
Henry VIII and the Barber Surgeons c. 1543 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Henry VIII and the Barber Surgeons c. 1543
Portrait of Lady Margaret Butts 1543 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Lady Margaret Butts 1543
Portrait of Lady Mary Guildford 1527 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Lady Mary Guildford 1527
Portrait of Jane Seymour c. 1537 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Jane Seymour c. 1537
Portrait of Jane Seymour - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Jane Seymour
Simon George of Quocote 1536 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Simon George of Quocote 1536
Portrait of Elizabeth when a princess, three-quarter... - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Elizabeth when a princess, three-quarter...
Henry VIII after 1537 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Henry VIII after 1537
Portrait of Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette 1534... - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette 1534...
Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (`The Ambassadors')... - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (`The Ambassadors')...
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze [detail: 1] - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze [detail: 1]
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam 1523 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam 1523
The Noble Lady from Dance of Death 1524-26 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
The Noble Lady from Dance of Death 1524-26
Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk 1541 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Unknown Young Man at his Office Desk 1541
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