Capturing Holbein: The Artist in Context

Friday, May 6, 2022 2 PM–6:30 PM
$30; $20 for Morgan Members; free for students with a valid ID
Diamond shaped painting of figure on horseback enclosed in circular frame with red and gold patterned background.

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543) was among the most skilled, versatile, and inventive artists of the European Renaissance. This symposium will feature presentations from an international group of experts, focusing on Holbein’s varied contributions to the development of sixteenth-century art. Speakers will explore both the material and the conceptual underpinnings of Holbein’s portrait practice, his activities as a designer of prints and metalwork, and the early history of reception in Tudor England.

The symposium takes place in conjunction with Holbein: Capturing Character, on view at the Morgan through May 15, 2022. Co-organized with the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, this is the first major exhibition dedicated to Holbein the Younger in the United States.

The symposium will take place in the Morgan's Gilder Lehrman Hall in compliance with all current city guidelines. Click here for more information about our visitor guidelines and safety protocols.

Flexibility and Rapport: Holbein's Working Method
Anne T. Woollett, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Inherent Ingenuity: Holbein’s Portrait of Georg Gisze (1532)
Alexander Marr, Cambridge University

Drawing in Time: Portrait Studies by Holbein and His Contemporaries
Austėja Mackelaitė, Morgan Library & Museum, New York

The Contexts for Character in Holbein’s Narrative Prints
Jeanne Nuechterlein, York University

Metalwork Design Drawings from the Circle of Hans Holbein the Younger
Olenka Horbatsch, British Museum, London

"Foolish Curiosity": Holbein's Earliest English Afterlives
Adam Eaker, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Becoming Holbein: Art and Portraiture
Jochen Sander, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543), An Allegory of Passion, ca. 1532–36. Oil on panel. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; 80.PB.72

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.