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Hans Holbein the Younger was born in the city of Augsburg Bavaria around the year of 1497 His father Hans Holbein the Elder had built a strong reputation as a recognized artist and a skilled portraitist from which his son soon followed During Holbein the Youngers life he had many mediums of art which he created Early on he illustrated books painted pictures and portraits designed stained glass windows and created designs for woodcuts He was very popular not only in his hometown but also in Basel Switzerland and all around Europe Because of his overwhelming popularity later in his life Holbein had to leave his wife and two children in order to make a living working for King Henry the VIII in England around the year of 1582 Working as Henrys personal portraitist Holbeins duties included that of creating portraits of possible brides for the king It was said that Holbeins portraits captured something that the untrained eye could not see While work ing under the king Holbein painted such a captivating portrait of Anne Bolyn of Cleaves that Henry chose her as his second wife Holbeins portraits reflected his strong religious beliefs and his philosophy that individualism is very important which is shown through his many portraits The style in which Holbein painted was very much like that of his fellow Renaissance painters the difference being only that of pure skill in capturing the true images of those he painted Becoming a devout Christian later in his life many of Holbeins earlier and later portraits reflected many Christian and political issues Hidden in many of his paintings messages are painted telling of not only when the paintings were completed but also what was going on during that time in history His most famous of these types of paintings is The Ambassadors That painting consisted of two famous politicians on a visit to London to see the king All of this information
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