Art Gems

Art Gems : A Series of Thirty High-Class Engravings from Pictures by the Most Eminent Painters, Ancient and Modern (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Art Gems: A Series of Thirty High-Class Engravings From Pictures by the Most Eminent Painters, Ancient and Modern Hans Holbein the younger (so called to distinguish him from his father, whose Christian name was the same) was born at Augsburg in the year 1495. Belonging to a family of painters, and living, so to speak, in an atmosphere of art, he soon caught the enthusiasm of those around him, and commenced the study of his profession at a very early age. There was no lack of good instruction for him, as without mention ing his father, who was himself a good painter, _and to whom _he was indebted for many _valu'able lessons, he always _had at his disposal the assistance of his uncle Sigismund and of his brother Ambrose. Under these favourable circumstances, and possessing a full share of that' passion for art which was beginning to be felt in Flanders and Germany at the commencement of the 16th century, his progress was unusually rapid. An occasional visit to Italy did much to improve his style, and at seventeen years of age he possessed a thorough knowledge of his profession; at twenty he was a master. Although no' satisfactory account has yet been written of his travels, the fact is well ascertained that Holbein settled 'at Basle in the year 1516, having previously made a' short stay there in 1513. Basle was then famous for its press, and the young Augsburg painter soon found employment in designing illustrations for books. Success in this comparatively humble branch of his art gradually led to better things, and in course of time he not only achieved a reputation as a portrait painter, but was also entrusted with the execution of some very extensive frescoes. He became a member of the corporation of painters in 1519, and shortly afterwards received the freedom of the city. Basle thus became his second home. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 222g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 121 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243273738
  • 9780243273737