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Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man

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One of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, Hans Holbein the Younger was also a complex and fascinating man who knew Erasmus, Thomas More, Henry VIII and many of the sixteenth century's wielders of power and influence. He developed his own distinctive attitudes towards religion, politics and social life as he moved among stalwart burghers, merchant adventurers and the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Pimlico (first published November 1st 1997)
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Orsolya
Could not finish: too much of an art history for me. I will check out other works from the author, though, due to the writing being sufficient.
Velvetink
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Holbein is an interesting guy. Up to page 220 so far.
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May 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Had high hopes for this one. It was ok. Full review to come.

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I am not terribly interested in art history but there is something about Hans Holbein the Younger that captures my attention every time I see one of his paintings. I was delighted to find a biography about him, though as is always the case with figures we revere, I also learned some things about the gifted painter that I do not especially care for. Additionall
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Rebecca
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
There is a lot of good information about Holbein in here, and biographies of Holbein are scarce. Unfortunately I found the prose nearly unbearable. I knew in the first chapter when he used "colporteurs" and "politiques" in the same sentence that it was going to be a slog. The author was constantly trumpeting his own erudition. He frequently employed what he must have felt were witty analogies that I simply found annoying. He does a fine job establishing the complex political, social and religiou ...more
Angela Joyce
After admiring his portraits in so many books about other people, it was good to finally learn about him. A lot of his work makes more sense now. I'm still most fascinated by the Anne of Cleves portrait...
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Derek Wilson has been a writer of historical fiction and non-fiction for 50 years. His much acclaimed prize-winning works have largely centred on 16th and 17th century Europe. He has used various pen names for his fiction, his current Thomas Treviot Tudor crime series being written under the name D.K. Wilson. The first 2 books in this series - The First Horseman and The Traitor's Mark are based on ...more
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