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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Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing 1523 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing 1523
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze 1532 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze 1532
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 Lady Mary Guildford 1527 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Lady Mary Guildford 1527
Portrait of Jane Seymour - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Jane Seymour
Henry VIII after 1537 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Henry VIII after 1537
Portrait of Lady Margaret Butts 1543 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Lady Margaret Butts 1543
Simon George of Quocote 1536 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Simon George of Quocote 1536
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...
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 Writing I - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing I
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam 1523 - Hans, the Younger Holbein - www.hans-holbein.org
Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam 1523

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