Capturing Holbein: The Artist in Context

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 took place in conjunction with the exhibition Holbein: Capturing Character on Friday, May 6, 2022, and was co-organized with the Morgan's Drawing Institute and Education Department.


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

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