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Holbein by Beatrice Fortescue is truly a captivating exploration into the life and works of the renowned German artist Hans Holbein the Younger. Fortescue masterfully delves into the world of this extraordinary painter, shedding light on both his artistic abilities and his personal experiences.

One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in the author's meticulous research. Fortescue leaves no stone unturned as she uncovers the details of Holbein’s life, providing readers with a comprehensive and vivid account. From his upbringing in Augsburg to his time spent in Basel and eventually his arrival in London, Fortescue flawlessly navigates the different stages of Holbein's life, painting a richly detailed picture of his artistic journey.

Moreover, the author's descriptions of Holbein's artwork transport readers into the realm of his canvases. She seamlessly intertwines his signature works - whether it be his anatomical studies, religious masterpieces, or portraiture - with the various stages of his personal life. This approach allows readers to view Holbein not only as an artist but as a man influenced by the everchanging sociopolitical landscape of Europe during the Renaissance.

Fortescue’s prose style is another noteworthy aspect of this book. The author writes with a captivating blend of academic precision and artistic flair, making the information easily accessible to both art enthusiasts and casual readers alike. Her ability to capture the essence of Holbein's art in words is truly commendable, and it is evident that she possesses a deep understanding and appreciation for his work.

While the book is undeniably a treasure trove of information, it occasionally suffers from pacing issues. Some sections feel slightly dense, with an excess of details, which may overwhelm readers who are not well-versed in art history. Nevertheless, this minor flaw is easily outweighed by the sheer amount of valuable knowledge and insight that the book has to offer.

In conclusion, Holbein by Beatrice Fortescue is a captivating and enlightening journey through the life and work of one of history's greatest artists. Fortescue's careful research, eloquent prose, and ability to seamlessly weave art and biography together make this book a must-read for anyone fascinated by the world of art. Whether you are an art enthusiast or simply curious about the life of Hans Holbein the Younger, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Illustration: Hans Holbein the Younger Coloured Chalks. Basel Museum

LITTLE BOOKS ON ART GENERAL EDITOR: CYRIL DAVENPORT

HOLBEIN

BY BEATRICE FORTESCUE

WITH FORTY SIX ILLUSTRATIONS

METHUEN & CO. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON

First published in 1904

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

HOLBEIN'S PERIOD, PARENTAGE, AND EARLY WORK

Historical epoch and antecedents Special conditions and character of early Christian art Ideals and influence of the monk Holbein's relation to mediæval schools His father, uncle, and Augsburg home Probable dates for his birth and his father's death Troubles and dispersion of the Augsburg household From Augsburg to Basel His brother Ambrose Erasmus and the Praise of Folly ; some erroneous impressions of both Erasmus and Holbein no Protestants at heart Holbein and the Bible Illustrated Vernacular Bibles in circulation before Luther and Holbein were born Holbein's earliest Basel oil paintings Direct and indirect education Historical, geographical, and scientific revolutions of his day Beginning of his connection with the Burgomaster of Basel Jacob Meyer zum Hasen Holbein's woodcuts His studies from nature Sudden visit to Lucerne Italian influence on his art Work for the Burgomaster ... Continue reading book >>




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