Hans Holbien

The Younger

Hans Holbien's Life

Hans was born in Augsburg Bavaria, but spent most of his life in Basel Switzerland Hans received his training in art by his known father, Hans Holbein the Elder. Holbein befriended a famous humanist named Erasmus who influenced Hans with humanistic ideas which where portrayed in some of his work. Hans mostly painted portraits, and stained glass like his father.


:. "Hans Holbein the Younger." NNDB: Tracking the entire world. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://www.nndb.com/people/821/00008



The Ambassadors

The Portrait shows the educated young men standing with a table filled with scientific and musical artifacts. It is thought that the objects are to represent humanism and celebrate the human race. At the bottom of the painting is a distorted skull that become fixed when standing at a point to the right. It is unclear what the skull represents.


"Hans Holbein the Younger | The Ambassadors | NG1314 | The National Gallery, London." The National Gallery, London: Western European painting 1250–1900. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/hans-holbein-the-younger-the-ambassadors>.

Alec Lindberg