Hans Holbein: Capturing Character

The Two Thomases by Hans Holbein

At First Things magazine, Jane Coombs writes about the art of Hans Holbein. I used Holbein’s portraits of St. Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell to illustrate John J. Reilly’s review of Peter Ackroyd’s The Life of Thomas More because Holbein’s portraits so vividly capture the personalities of his subjects. Holbein had the opportunity to paint many of the most famous people of his tumultuous times.

Erasmus of Rotterdam

By Hans Holbein the Younger - http://www.wga.hu/art/h/holbein/hans_y/1525/06erasmu.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2320

Portrait of Mary Wotton, the second wife of Sir Henry Guildford, Comptroller of the royal household under King Henry VIII.

By Hans Holbein the Younger - Buck, Stephanie. (1999). Hans Holbein, Cologne: Könemann. ISBN 3829025831., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6100028