CVHF2021 talks by Franny Moyle

23. THE KING’S PAINTER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANS HOLBEIN

Hans Holbein is justly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realised portraiture of Erasmus, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves and an array of Tudor lords and ladies. But Holbein was a protean and multi-faceted genius: a humanist, satirist, political propagandist, and contributor to the history of book design as well as a religious artist and court painter. Franny Moyle will trace and analyse the life and work of an extraordinary artist against the backdrop of an era of political turbulence and cultural transformation, to which his art offers a subtle and endlessly refracting mirror.

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