The Oberried Altarpiece (1521-22) and the Passion Altarpiece (1524-25)
by Hans HOLBEIN the Younger

Religious paintings form a significant part of the work Holbein produced in Basle. Holbein's early religious works show the influence of Dürer, Grünewald and Hans Baldung Grien (e.g. the Adam and Eve of 1517 is based on a woodcut by Dürer of 1511). In the early 1520s Holbein achieved a truer balance between north and south. The two shutters of an altarpiece (The Passion Altar) conclude this early phase of Holbein's development.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 6 minutes):
Josquin Desprez: Benedicta es coelorum Regina, motet


Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
The Oberried Altarpiece (left wing)
1521-22
Tempera on wood, 231 x 109 cm
Cathedral, Freiburg

607*1280
True Color
141 Kb



The Oberried Altarpiece (detail)
1521-22
Tempera on wood
Cathedral, Freiburg

709*889
True Color
106 Kb



The Oberried Altarpiece (right wing)
1521-22
Tempera on wood, 230 x 110 cm
Cathedral, Freiburg

608*1278
True Color
137 Kb



The Oberried Altarpiece (detail)
1521-22
Tempera on wood
Cathedral, Freiburg

801*970
True Color
156 Kb



The Passion
1524-25
Oil on limewood, 136 x 31 cm (outer panels), 149,5 x 31 cm (inner panels)
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

975*989
True Color
176 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood, 39 x 31 cm (size of detail)
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

709*877
True Color
95 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

602*1258
True Color
85 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood, 39 x 31 cm (size of detail)
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

709*876
True Color
114 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

740*1229
True Color
187 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood, 39 x 31 cm (size of detail)
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

748*929
True Color
130 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood, 39 x 31 cm (size of detail)
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

813*1005
True Color
188 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

750*1252
True Color
176 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood, 41 x 31 cm (size of detail)
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

730*973
True Color
146 Kb



The Passion (detail)
1524-25
Oil on limewood, 41 x 31 cm (size of detail)
Kunstmuseum, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel

705*944
True Color
131 Kb




Summary of paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger
1515-19 | 1519-25 | altarpieces | 1526-28 | 1529-31
1532-35 | Ambassadors | Henry VIII and his family | 1536-43
drawings and woodcuts | miniatures | Miscellaneous works