Woodcuts
by Hans HOLBEIN the Younger

Before 1526 Holbein had produced a series of woodcuts illustrating the Dance of Death. Holbein's ironic tone throughout the series contrasts sharply with contemporary, more expressionist treatments of the subject. Death appears as a mocker, attacking every class of humanity and - as he snatches the Emperor's crown during the distribution of Justice, and fixes around the countess's neck a chain of bones while she makes a lavish toilet - reveals the futility of worldly power and concerns. The series is remarkable for its variety and for the precision of Holbein's feeling for different social types.

Preview Picture Data Info
Title page in the form of a Renaissance niche
1516
Woodcut, 180 x 120 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel


Title-plate with St Peter and St Paul
1523
Woodcut, 243 x 166 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel


Title page of the Coverdale Bible
1535
Woodcut
British Library, London


The Rich Man; The Queen
1523-26
Woodcut, 64 x 48 mm
National Gallery of Art, Washington


The Plowman from Dance of Death
1524-26
Woodcut, 65 x 48 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel


The Noble Lady from Dance of Death
1524-26
Woodcut, 65 x 48 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel


True and False Forgiveness
c. 1525
Woodcut, 79 x 270 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel


Christ as the True Light
c 1526
Woodcut, 84 x 277 mm
Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel


Charitas
1543
Woodcut
British Library, London



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



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