The King’s Painter by Franny Moyle audiobook

The King’s Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein

By Franny Moyle
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Blackstone Publishing 9781419749537
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From a distinguished art historian, a dramatic reappraisal of Renaissance master Hans Holbein, whose art shaped politics and immortalized the Tudors. Hans Holbein the Younger is chiefly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realized portraiture, which includes representations of Henry VIII, his advisors Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell, his wives Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, and an array of the Tudor lords and ladies encountered during the course of two sojourns in England. But beyond these familiar images, which have come to define our perception of the age, Holbein was a multifaceted genius: a humanist, satirist, and political propagandist, and a deft man whose work was rich in layers of symbolism and allusion. In The King’s Painter, biographer Franny Moyle traces and analyzes the life and work of an extraordinary artist against the backdrop of an era of political turbulence and cultural transformation, to which his art offers a subtle and endlessly refracting mirror. It is a work of serious scholarship written for a wide audience.

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Summary

Summary

From a distinguished art historian, a dramatic reappraisal of Renaissance master Hans Holbein, whose art shaped politics and immortalized the Tudors.

Hans Holbein the Younger is chiefly celebrated for his beautiful and precisely realized portraiture, which includes representations of Henry VIII, his advisors Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell, his wives Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, and an array of the Tudor lords and ladies encountered during the course of two sojourns in England. But beyond these familiar images, which have come to define our perception of the age, Holbein was a multifaceted genius: a humanist, satirist, and political propagandist, and a deft man whose work was rich in layers of symbolism and allusion.

In The King’s Painter, biographer Franny Moyle traces and analyzes the life and work of an extraordinary artist against the backdrop of an era of political turbulence and cultural transformation, to which his art offers a subtle and endlessly refracting mirror. It is a work of serious scholarship written for a wide audience.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[An] intricate and enlightening study of Holbein and his age.” Wall Street Journal
“A biography entirely suited to its subject…It is big, bombastic, and richly brocaded…A triumph.” Times (London)
“A biography entirely suited to its subject…This is a great, thrusting codpiece of a book. It is big, bombastic, and richly brocaded…A triumph.” Times (London)
“Evokes the painter and his world as vividly as a Holbein masterpiece. Beautifully written and illustrated, this book is a must for lovers of Tudor history.” Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors
“Full of insight…This is a gorgeous book, to which I am sure I shall return again and again.” Dan Jones, author of The Wars of the Roses
“[A] vivid, judicious, and lavishly illustrated account.” Sunday Times (London)

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Author Bio: Franny Moyle

Author Bio: Franny Moyle

Franny Moyle studied art history at St John’s College, Cambridge. She enjoyed a career in arts programming at the BBC that culminated in her becoming the corporation’s first commissioner for arts and culture. She is now a freelance executive producer and writer and the author of Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde and Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives of the Pre-Raphaelites.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 17.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English