Holbein’s drawings

Some Hans Holbein’s (1497/98-1543) works have been preserved and have become real icons of art, some such as the outstanding The Body Of The Dead Christ In The Tomb, The Darmstadt Madonna or The Ambassadors (this one with the best known anamorphosis in the history of painting). A large gallery of portraits has been preserved too: we need to mention all those made when he lived in England and worked as Henry 8th court painter.

As far as his drawings are concerned, there are some astonishing ones of two different approaches: the ones made using India ink (drawn with pen or a with paintbrush: the paint-strokes are applied onto coloured paper with enhanced white details) or those delicate drawings which are merely lines, achieved using chalk or silver-pencil: the lines appear onto the much characteristic ‘pink paper’ and sometimes are added subtle coloured touches.

Holbein’s drawings
Holbein’s drawings
Holbein’s drawings

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