<p><b>The first illustrated biography of Hans Holbein, the painter who depicted some of the most powerful people of the early sixteenth century.</b></p><p><b>'Evokes the painter and his world as vividly as a Holbein masterpiece. Beautifully written and illustrated, this book is a must for lovers of Tudor history' Tracy Borman</b></p><p><b>Full of insight ... This is a gorgeous book, to which I am sure I shall return again and again' Dan Jones</b></p><p>Hans Holbein the Younger is chiefly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realised portraiture, which includes representations of Henry VIII, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Jane Seymour and an array of the Tudor lords and ladies he encountered during the course of two sojourns in England. But beyond these familiar images, which have come to define our perception of the world of the Henrician court, 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. The rich layers of symbolism and allusion that characterise his work have proved especially fascinating to scholars.</p><p>Franny Moyle traces and analyses 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.</p>
<p>The first illustrated biography of Hans Holbein, the painter who depicted some of the most powerful people of the early sixteenth century, in three decades. </p>
'Franny Moyle rediscovers the elusive man behind the most famous artworks in Tudor England. <i>The King's Painter</i> is full of insight into Hans Holbein's artistic process but also gives us a seat beside a man who had an access-all-areas pass to the most intimate circles in sixteenth-century Europe. This is a gorgeous book, to which I am sure I shall return again and again'
'Evokes the painter and his world as vividly as a Holbein masterpiece. Beautifully written and illustrated, this book is a must for lovers of Tudor history'
<b>PRAISE FOR FRANNY MOYLE</b>: <br />
'Moyle's account [...] is delightful, sad, and entirely convincing; her last chapters reduced this hardened reader to tears' <i>Guardian</i>, on <i>Constance</i><br />
'Well-crafted, delicious ... Moyles grips us immediately' <i>New York Times</i>, on <i>The Extraordinary Life and Times of J.M.W. Turner</i>. <br />
'Moyle is especially good at delineating Turner's artistic methods, and her enthralling account is filled with an impressive understanding of his unique talent'
The Times, on The Extraordinary Life and Times of JMW Turner
<p>The first major biography of Holbein in three decades. </p>
<p>From the prize-winning author of <i>Desperate Romantics</i>. </p>
<p>Hans Holbein is one of the most fascinating and exciting artists of the sixteenth century. </p>
<p>MARKET: Martin Gayford; Andrew Graham Dixon. </p>