Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Holbein, Hans Known as "the Elder.” 1465?-1524. German painter. His religious works include altarpieces for the Augsburg Cathedral (1493) and for the church of Saint Sebastian (1516), also in Augsburg. His son Hans (1497?-1543), known as "the Younger,” is noted for his religious paintings and portraits, such as Anne of Cleves (1539).

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  • n. German painter and engraver noted for his portraits; he was commissioned by Henry VIII to provide portraits of the English king's prospective brides (1497-1543)
  • n. German painter of religious works (1465-1524)

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Examples

  • Holbein is brought ebulliently to life and the overall result is solid, uncomplicated historical fiction, puffed out with all the lavish details of costume and cuisine that its fans expect.

    Portrait of an Unknown Woman: Summary and book reviews of Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett.

  • It is represented in Holbein's picture of "the Ambassadors."

    The Book of Sun-Dials

  • At that time there was a great gateway, called the Holbein

    The Children's Book of London

  • Dutch painter called Holbein, who was hardly at all known then, but is now counted among the greatest painters in the world.

    The Children's Book of London

  • At the other extremity of the field, an old man, whose broad shoulders and stern face recalled Holbein’s ploughman, but whose clothes carried no suggestion of poverty, was gravely driving his plough of antique shape, drawn by two placid oxen, true patriarchs of the meadow, tall and rather thin, with pale yellow coats and long, drooping horns.

    I. The Tillage of the Soil

  • That by Holbein, which is in the collection of the Marquis of

    English Book Collectors

  • Somers, whose portrait was painted by a great artist named Holbein, which is now in the palace at Hampton Court, and may be seen by those who love pictures.

    The Royal Picture Alphabet

  • At the other extremity of the field, an old man, whose broad shoulders and stern face recalled Holbein's plowman, but whose clothes carried no suggestion of poverty, was gravely driving his plow of antique shape, drawn by two placid oxen, true patriarchs of the meadow, tall and rather thin, with pale yellow coats and long, drooping horns.

    La mare au diable. English

  • There is a fine drawing at Berlin by Holbein which is thought to be the original design for the triumphal arch erected by the merchants of the Steelyard on this occasion.

    London and the Kingdom - Volume I

  • She has a number of excellent engravings of celebrated pictures, such as Holbein's

    Paul Patoff

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