This major international loan exhibition concentrates on the work Hans Holbein (1497/8 – 1543) produced in England under the patronage of the Tudor court and for King Henry VIII.
Comprising forty portrait and subject paintings as well as portrait drawings, decorative designs and prints, Holbein in England targets the artist’s two periods working in London: 1526 – 1528 and 1532 – 1543. For the first three years Holbein was working under the patronage of Sir Thomas More, a friend and admirer of Holbein’s previous patron in Basel, the important Humanist scholar Erasmus. He left London in 1528 for Basel but returned in 1532 and stayed until his death in 1543. During this latter period Holbein is best known for his portraits of King Henry VIII, the artist’s patron from about 1535 - 1543.
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