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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691005168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691005164
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This far-reaching study is the first comprehensive volume on Hans Holbein in 40 years. It is filled with color reproductions of the Renaissance artist's magnetic portraits, such as the well-loved rendering of the baby Edward, Prince of Wales, wielding his gold rattle like a scepter. Art historians will find the scholarship deep and subtle; all readers will enjoy stories such as the tale about Anne of Cleves, one of Henry VIII's prospective brides. Holbein enhanced her plain looks with regal robes of gold-encrusted velvet. The portrait persuaded Henry to propose; when Anne arrived, though, he called her a "fat Flanders mare." Holbein's reception at court turned chilly as a result: sic transit gloria pictoris. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Like only a few other painters in history, Holbein made the human likeness seem to erase the distance between his time and ours.... This readable scholarly book not only situates Holbein carefully in his own time but teaches us how to read his paintings and prints in depth."--Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

"Hans Holbein is a stimulating book with many new insights and suggestions."--Willibald Sauerländer, The New York Review

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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Steven on February 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In opposition to "Ryan" who gave this fasinating study of Holbein a single star simply because of his inability to write a college (high school?) paper, I find that O. Batschmann has managed to balance a scholarly approach with a lively style. In particular, check out the chapter on portraiture and mortality. Great stuff. Sorry about only getting a 50, Ryan. In all seriousness, Ryan's review brings up the subject of trusting this type of rating system in general.
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Ryan, Ryan, Ryan...you are the worst reviewer ever: as of today's date, with an amazing "0 of 75 helpful votes" on your only review, you are #22,437,147 in reviewer ranking. Aside from that weirdness, it's surprising that there is only one other reviewer here, especially because if you plug in "Holbein" in the category of books, this is the fist book among HUNDREDS listed.

Anyway, I really like this book! I have many books about Hans Holbein the Younger because I'm a student of Tudor history and also of needlework and the history of needlework. Holbein is the best source of detail of the embroidery and oriental carpets so captivating to the Tudors, particularly during Henry VIII's and Elizabeth I's reigns. In fact, he's so detailed in showing the requisite blackwork (sometimes incorrectly referred to as Spanish work as if solely imported by Catherine of Aragon) that appeared on the fanciest of sleeves, cuffs and bodices in many of his paintings that the the stitch is nicknamed for him: the Holbein stitch which is also known as double running stitch.

This is a fine book, regardless the grade our poor Ryan got on his paper. In fact, of my many books on Holbein, this is one of the more scholarly being produced by Princeton and prolific authors, Oskar Bätschmann and Pascal Griener, being professors of art at universities in Switzerland. On the other hand, just in January of this year, this book has been expanded and revised by the authors:

Hans Holbein: Revised and Expanded Second Edition

Bolstered to 352 pages from 256 and with many more of the paintings in color, you should hold out for that book, I guess. I know I'll be ordering it.
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0 of 79 people found the following review helpful By ryan on September 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was a waste of my time, the only reason i got it was to help with a research paper and it didnt help at all. I got a 50 on the paper using all the information from this book!
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