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Hans Holbein the Younger
ca. 1497-1543

Painter and engraver. One of the greatest German artists of the sixteenth century. Born in Augusta, he studied with his father, Hans Holbein the Elder (1460/70-1524). At age seventeen, moved to Basle and then to England, where - apart from a few visits to the continent - he lived for the rest of his life. His works include the altar-piece with eight scenes of Christ's Passion, the predella of the Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb, and - above all - his many portraits, such as those of Erasmus of Rotterdam, Henry VIII, Thomas More, and the famous Ambassadors, now in the National Gallery of London.