Hans Holbein witnessed and recorded the most notorious era in English history. He painted most of the major characters of the age and the famous image of King Henry VIII. But who really was Holbein? And what were the unsettling secrets hidden in his art? Featured by XIVETV.
This film is great if you're an Anglophile-History buff! The narrator strives for a light hearted point of view of how Holbein left his family in Germany in order to be an underpaid skilled artisan for Henry VIII. I'm sure Holbein produced more oil paintings and sketches than shown in this film I had to chuckle a few times out loud at the narrator's side jokes. Nevertheless, he made his points: Holbein was a very great artist, in spite of the unfortunate times in which he lived. One other fact I learned: There's no one place that holds all of Holbein's work. Now, to go check out a few of the other videos on Holbein in YouTube. Maybe they'll share what else he produced?
A very well done look at Holbein and times. And I especially appreciated the clear, non PC, consideration of the personalities of St. Thomas More and Oliver Cromwell. He was very clear that there is no new evidence to support some kind of new British PCedness while there is plenty to support the traditional historical view. It appears some could not concentrate on the program because of the narrator. While there is no doubt he is a bit original in looks and approach, I didn't find it getting in the way. Highly recommended, if nothing else, for the fantastic views of the more important of Holbein's paintings. Definitely recommended!
Curiosity of subject led me to watch this historic documentary. I found the approach interesting and I had to agree that we would know much less about King Henry and his compatriots and wives if we had not been given a visual ( paintings ) Donne well and by someone who knew the cast of characters. I was well educated.
An engrossing presentation of history captured in the work of this great artist. Beautiful details in his extraordinary work.and a cogent explanation and critique of his work as it fit into his life's situation. His portraiture is the only image record we have of King Henry VIII and his court, and the artist has seen the level of detail that any camera might. It is extraordinary. Then, in addition, the symbolism in the collected works tell a more subtle tale.
Now I want to know more about Holbein the man and his life.
A cockeyed crazy Englishman with a screwy balls to the wall haircut and the presence of a Brooklyn mobster is very engaging in telling the story of Holbein during the era and reign of Henry the Vlll. It was pretty rotten living back then filled with mad people and the need for paintings to be used as propaganda,vanity, as well as conveying images across continent. Portrait painters were quite busy. And with the rise of the Protestant church the image of importance moved from the religious to the secular. All this Film needed was a pizza break.
Interesting little documentary, especially for those who are interested in art history. The narrator is very enthusiastic and he clearly loves talking about this subject, which makes the documentary much more fun to watch than it might otherwise be.
"The Ambassadors" has always fascinated me. The distorted skull in the foreground is something I've always wondered *how* Holbein painted. I was a bit disappointed that the why of the skull's presence trumped the how it was made. A nice film, beautiful art, time well spent.
You learn a lot about Holbein's life and paintings but it is hard to enjoy this documentary because of the narrator, a obnoxious, fatty little man with the unpleasant, annoying, irritating high pitched voice. You could perhaps stand him if he did not speak so much nonsense. "Holbein made the Tudors", "We only know them because of Holbein". I am sure the producers cab do better next time.