Rare Large Lithograph Print from a Scarce limited edition folio (Number 42 of 50) Les Dessins de Hans Holbein Circa 1911-26. Original Depiction Details of the Original Piece. HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER (1497/8-1543). St Etienne Abbey Caen France.
Details of The Listed Print For Sale. Original vintage litho print circa 1911-26.
Freshly mounted ready for framing backed and sealed, great overall condition condition. You will receive the item pictured, so the pictures are integral to the condition report and listing.
This and the others come from a large private library and have been in the same family for a number of decades. Tipped Lithograph plate on the original Van Gelder paper. This is a large size piece, there is a set of key in some pictures, this is to give you an idea of scale, these are not included in the sale.
Approx Mount Size: 22" x 16.5" Inches. Approx Visible Size of Print Including Folio Sheet: 13.75" x 18.75" Inches APPROX.
Hans Holbein the Younger German: Hans Holbein der Jüngere; c. 1497 - between 7 October and 29 November 1543 was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style, known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda, and he made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school.
Holbein was born in Augsburg, but he worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first, he painted murals and religious works, designed stained glass windows, and printed books. He also painted an occasional portrait, making his international mark with portraits of humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. When the Reformation reached Basel, Holbein worked for reformist clients while continuing to serve traditional religious patrons.
His Late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance humanism. The result was a combined aesthetic uniquely his own.
Holbein travelled to England in 1526 in search of work, with a recommendation from Erasmus. He was welcomed into the humanist circle of Thomas More, where he quickly built a high reputation. By 1535, he was King's Painter to Henry VIII of England. In this role, he produced portraits and festive decorations, as well as designs for jewellery, plate, and other precious objects.His portraits of the royal family and nobles are a record of the court in the years when Henry was asserting his supremacy over the Church of England. Holbein's art was prized from early in his career. French poet and reformer Nicholas Bourbon (the elder) dubbed him "the Apelles of our time, " a typical accolade at the time. Holbein has also been described as a great "one-off" of art history, since he founded no school.
 Some of his work was lost after his death, but much was collected, and he was recognised among the great portrait masters by the 19th century. Recent exhibitions have also highlighted his versatility. He created designs ranging from intricate jewellery to monumental frescoes.Holbein's art has sometimes been called realist, since he drew and painted with a rare precision. His portraits were renowned in their time for their likeness, and it is through his eyes that many famous figures of his day are pictured today, such as Erasmus and More. He was never content with outward appearance, however; he embedded layers of symbolism, allusion, and paradox in his art, to the lasting fascination of scholars. In the view of art historian Ellis Waterhouse, his portraiture "remains unsurpassed for sureness and economy of statement, penetration into character, and a combined richness and purity of style". This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints".london" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.