The King's Painter: The Life of Hans Holbein
Meeting: September 21 @ 6-7:30 PM
Location: 1308 Third Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ
Beer Selection: Organic Cider by Samuel Smith's Independent Brewery Yorkshire
Summary: Hans Holbein the Younger is chiefly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realized portraiture, which includes representations of Henry VIII, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Jane Seymour and an array of the Tudor lords and ladies he encountered during the course of two sojourns in England. But beyond these familiar images, which have come to define our perception of the world of the Henrician court, Holbein was a protean and multi-faceted genius: a humanist, satirist, political propagandist, and contributor to the history of book design as well as a religious artist and court painter. The rich layers of symbolism and allusion that characterise his work have proved especially fascinating to scholars.
In The King's Painter: The Life of Hans Holbein, author Franny Moyle traces and analyses the life and work of this extraordinary artist against the backdrop of an era of political turbulence and cultural transformation, to which his art offers a subtle and endlessly refracting mirror.
About Art Book Club: We meet monthly at Kelly-McKenna Gallery to discuss all topics art, art history, and design.
You can purchase our monthly reading selections here at Thunder Road Books; (973) 436-0914.
Our monthly wine selection is available at Bottle Shop of Spring Lake; (732) 449-5525