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
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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