The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hans Holbein the Younger re-made on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London
Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, after Hans Holbein the Younger, early 17th century (1533-1534). ©National Portrait Gallery, London.

LONDON.- A new display exploring the high demand for copies and versions of portraits by Tudor court painter Hans Holbein the Younger has opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Hans Holbein Re-made brings together a selection of important copies of the celebrated German artist’s portraits, revealing at the same time new research that has emerged from the Gallery’s ongoing Making Art in Tudor Britain project.

During Henry VIII’s reign, Hans Holbein the Younger undertook many portraits of prominent individuals at court, such as Thomas Cromwell, Thomas More and William Warham. In the years following his death in 1543, Holbein’s portraits came to be prized, and demand for his work increased, due to both the importance of his sitters and his own fame and reputation as a highly skilled artist. As a result, there was a lively market for copies of his portraits, with artists producing paintings that faithfully mimicked both the composition and colouration of the original works.

Hans Holbein Re-made will show a selection of copies of Holbein’s portraits from the National Portrait Gallery Collection, including William Warham, John Fisher, Sir Thomas More and Sir Richard Southwell, all of which have undergone technical analysis as part of the Gallery’s Making Art in Tudor Britain research project. This research has revealed new information about how and when the paintings were made, and about the techniques that were used to ensure that the finished works skilfully evoked the originals.

The copied portraits were produced by making patterns from the original drawings and paintings, and by deliberately trying to imitate Holbein’s techniques. It is thought that the artists would have had access to the original Holbein painting (or direct patterns from the original) as the features and proportions of the figures are often matched with considerable exactitude. The differences between the portraits show that, far from being the specialist production of a single workshop, the copies were produced by artists working in numerous different studios. The number of surviving works of this type suggests that there was a lively market for such paintings during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I.

A portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, which is thought to be one of the first miniatures Holbein painted, will be displayed alongside a digital interactive screen that will allow the technique used in the portrait to be compared with that seen in another miniature thought to be by an artist working in Holbein’s studio.

A German painter, printmaker and designer, Holbein (1497 or 1498 – 1543) became best known in England for the compelling realism of his portraits. The son of artist Hans Holbein the Elder, he learnt painting from his father and worked in Basle, Switzerland, before moving to London. Holbein worked in England from 1526-28 and returned in 1531/2, remaining here until his death. In addition to becoming court painter to Henry VIII he painted several courtiers, gentry and merchants. Over eighty of his portrait drawings survive, along with miniatures and paintings, providing a remarkable document of the period.

Dr Tarnya Cooper, Chief Curator of the National Portrait Gallery, says: ‘This exciting new research has shown how the memory of the key personalities of Henry VIII’s court was kept alive through the creation and display of newly made portraits at least fifty years later.’

Today's News

March 5, 2014

Mexican archaeologists find a 1,500 year old shaft tomb in the state of Colima

Ancient, ethnographic art headline spectacular one-day sale at Artemis Gallery LIVE, March 14

Sotheby's New York announces Single-Owner Evening Sale of Photographs on 1 April

Widest ranging exhibition on the subject of ruins in art to date opens at Tate Britain

Agnew's to continue dealing under new ownership and the direction of Anthony Crichton-Stuart

The Frick Art & Historical Center presents The Warner Collection of American Paintings

Waddington's Fine Prints and Photography Auction: From Lennon to Leipzig

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam announces acquisition of two works by Steve McQueen

Rare Fabergé animals and jeweled Russian Imperial gifts lead A La Vieille Russie's offerings at TEFAF

Major new exhibition at the Phillips Collection celebrates American identity, ingenuity and spirit

First solo exhibition in the United States for Korean artist Byung Hoon Choi opens at Friedman Benda

Final weeks to see the Dog Star Exhibit! Demetrius Oliver: Canicular on view through March 22, 2014

Hans Holbein the Younger re-made on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Exhibition of paintings by Ronald Davis opens at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art

A Natural Selection: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions announces Bibliophile Sale

Baltimore Museum of Art presents U.S. debut of Camille Henrot's video Grosse Fatigue

Very first Wolverine artwork, not known to exist, surfaces for auction at Heritage

Italy says to unblock 2.0mn euros to save Pompeii

Art Post-Internet opens at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing

Maccarone's first exhibition of the work of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein opens in New York

Sophisticated offering of California art puts a spring in Bonhams step

UC Berkeley Art Museum presents "The Elephant's Eye: Artful Animals in South & Southeast Asia"

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful