Holbein at the Tudor Court


By Kate Heard

Hans Holbein the Younger is one of the most perceptive portrait artists of the Northern Renaissance. The drawings, paintings and miniatures in the Royal Collection form one of the most important surviving groups of the artist’s work, including the majority of the portrait drawings from his time in England. His sensitive and lifelike depictions bring us face to face with some of the key figures of the Tudor court of King Henry VIII, including Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, stateman Sir Thomas More and the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt. This book reveals the story of Holbein’s rise from itinerant artist to painter at court, and also reveals the courtly dramas and rapid changes of the time that marked the lives of the men and women he portrayed.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Holbein at the Tudor Court at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London in 2023

About the Author: Kate Heard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust

160 pages.


ISBN 978 1 909741 87 4

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