Hans Holbein the Younger - The Ambassadors

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From Augsburg to Basel to London: the world of Hans Holbein the Younger 1497/8-1543

  • Wednesday 24 October 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
  • Lecturer: Leslie Primo

From his birth in Augsburg, Germany in possibly 1497 or 1498 to his death in London in 1543, Hans Holbein the Younger would emerge out of a European tradition of extreme verisimilitude that stretched back to artists such as Rogier van der Weyden, Robert Campin and Jan van Eyck.  This series of lectures will explore the tradition behind this Northern Renaissance style of painting against a background of rising religious turmoil in Europe that would ultimately affect the output of artists such as Holbein and lead to the migration of Holbein and other artists to Britain to seek their fortune.


Full notes about the programme will be distributed on the day.


Leslie Primo specialises in early Medieval and Renaissance studies. He is a lecturer and tutor at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Imperial College and Reading University. He also gives gallery tours at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, both Tate galleries and the V&A. Leslie lectures for many art history societies in the UK including The Arts Society, Art in Focus and the Art Fund and regularly teaches courses at the City Lit and Bishopsgate Institute.

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