(c. 1497 – 1543)
Hans Holbein was the greatest portrait painter of his time. Born in Switzerland, he moved to England and became the official painter to the Royal Court. His paintings are almost as detailed as photographs and the details are remarkably sharp. His portraits do a wonderful job of portraying the structure of a face and the feel of the subject’s personality. He died of the plague and there is very little known of his life.
Key artwork: The Ambassadors, 1533