About Hans Holbein the Younger


Hans Holbein d. J. - Self-Portrait
between 1542 and 1543
Coloured chalks and pen, heightened with gold
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543) was a German and Swiss artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design.

Born in Augsburg in 1497, Holbein worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first he painted murals and religious works and designed for stained glass windows and printed books. He also painted the occasional portrait, making his international mark with portraits of the humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam.


Nicholas Bourbon Portrait
by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1535.

When the Reformation reached Basel, Holbein worked for reformist clients while continuing to serve traditional religious patrons. His Late Gothic style was enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance humanism. The result was a combined aesthetic uniquely his own.

In 1526, Holbein traveled to England carrying a recommendation from Erasmus and quickly gained patronage among members of the Humanist circle of Sir Thomas More. Following a four year period in which he returned to Basel, Holbein once more relocated to England and by 1532 he had been appointed King's Painter to King Henry VIII (a position he retained until his death in 1543 ).

Nicholas Bourbon (1503 or 1505 - after 1550) was a French poet and court teacher responsible to uphold a certain law or tradition.

Holbein's art was prized from early in his career. The French poet and reformer Nicholas Bourbon dubbed him "the Apelles of our time". Holbein has also been described as a great "one-off" of art history, since he founded no school. Holbein's art was prized from early in his career.


Eksponaty


Hans Holbein the Younger
Woodcut 1 : Temptation. Genesis II. & III.
“ God bad them that of the tree of Life
They eat no fruit, on penalty of Death :
But the serpent being envious against them
Did so that Adam bites at the fruit of the tree. ”

Woodcut 2 : Title page- “ Logotype of MATVRA. ”

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Woodcut 3 : Justification page
Hans Holbein the Younger
Woodcut 4 : Lettrine “ E ”.

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Woodcut 5 : Lettrine “ N ”.

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Woodcut 6 : Creation. Genesis I.
“ God made the heaven from the beginning,
Then earth & sea, & every human work :
Adam, & Eve he made in like manner,
Full of reason, formed in his image. ”


From Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones :
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1547
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Woodcut 7 : God on the Mount. Exodus XIX.
“ Those of Israel did establish their tents
At Sinai, and each one sanctifies himself :
Then by thunder and by evident lightnings ;
Our Lord notifies his greatness. ”

Woodcut 8 : Pharaoh's Dream. Genesis XLI.
“ To safe sleep Pharaoh disposes himself,
Seven ears he sees, and seven oxen in dreaming,
Joseph, put out of prison, explains them to him :
Who over Egypte is made master and ruler. ”


From Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones :
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Woodcut 9 : Jacob Blessing Joseph. Genesis XLVIII.
“ Jacob seeing his age predetermined
And that he was very near to his decease,
Of Joseph the two sons he adopted,
The one Ephraim, and the other Manasses. ”

Woodcut 10 : The Quails and Manna. Exodus XVI.
“ These having passed, they set themselves on the way
Into the deserts : and better to provide them
Our Lord sent to them the manna,
Which from heaven he made rain on them below. ”


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Woodcut 11 : Pharaoh's Overthrow. Exodus XIV. & XV.
“ All the children of Israel gathered together,
For them made the Red Sea way, and in front
Parted its waters, so that on dry foot they passed :
But following them Pharaoh was drowned. ”

Woodcut 12 : Joseph's Burial. Exodus I.
“ Joseph is dead, and placed in his sepulchre,
Israel is suffering a great tyranny,
Matrons are of so gentle a nature
That for all males the life have they saved. ”


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Woodcut 13 : The Burning Bush. Exodus III.
“ The good Moses while guarding his sheep
To the Israelite people was sent
Of God, whom in a burning bush he saw,
Also towards Pharaoh king of Egypt. ”

Woodcut 14 : Message to Pharaoh. Exodus V.
“ With his brother is Moses directed
Towards Pharaoh, praying for Israel :
More and more were the people oppressed
By that King and his cruel people. ”


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Woodcut 15 : The Ark &c. made. Exodus XXV.
“ The ark then is made, the beautiful table, also
The candlestick, by the direction
Of our God ; on this very table
Place they the loaves of the shew-bread. ”


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Woodcut 16 : Moses again on the Mount. Exodus XXXIV.
“ God wrote the Tables of the Law
Moses on both knees bending prays to him
For Israel, in firm and living faith :
God forbids to him pagan idolatry. ”


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Woodcut 17 : Moral and Ceremonial Laws. Leviticus XIX.
“ Up on the mountain God teaches to Moses
His mandates, which are the moral Laws :
Then discovers to him the observance & the way
In order the rites Ceremonial to accomplish. ”

Woodcut 18 : Sacrifice enjoined. Leviticus I.
“ God did to Moses teach his office,
Shewing to him by new mandates
How it is proper to make sacrifice
Of the fat sheep, of the cows, & of calves. ”


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Woodcut 19 : Aaron consecrated. Leviticus VIII.
“ At the mandate of God the Creator,
Present the people, Aaron was consecrated
Over Israel, great Bishop and pastor,
And all his sons each one in his degree. ”

Woodcut 20 : Nadab and Abihu. Leviticus X.
“ Nadab, along with Abihu, in as much as
Strange fire to the Lord God they offered
Against his will, (their pride striking down)
By sudden fire amid flames they perished. ”


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Woodcut 21 : David contrives Uriah's Death. 2 Samuel XI.
“ David wishing to conceal his adultery,
Orders Uriah, & delivers to him a letter :
Then commands him to go to the battle ;
By such deceit he causes him to be put to death. ”

Woodcut 22 : Ruth Gleaning. Ruth II.
“ Ruth goes to the fields for the wheat, which was left
By the reapers, in cars to be gathered,
Before Booz (to whom the field belonged)
Grace found she, which made her accepted. ”


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1547
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Woodcut 23 : Hannah's Prayer, 1 Samuel I.
“ Hannah could not by Elkanah her husband
Have children, but the Lord did receive
Her prayer made from a sorry heart,
And granted to her that Samuel she conceived. ”

Woodcut 24 : Hadadezer smitten. 2 Samuel VIII.
“ The King David to himself makes tributary
The Philistines, those ancient enemies,
And at last becomes chief over his adversaries,
Hadadezer King of Zobah being put to death. ”


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Woodcut 25 : David's Sorrow for Saul and Jonathan. 2 Samuel I.
“ A false herald to King David reveals
The King Saul & his son to be dead,
Thinking to bring some good news,
But for the deed boasted of, was put to death. ”

Woodcut 26 : Saul anointed King, 1 Samuel X.
“ By Samuel a prophet holy, & worthy
Saul is anointed over Israel King ;
And to believe it he gives to him the sign
Of surety, near the sepulchre of Rachel. ”


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Woodcut 27 : David kills Goliath, 1 Samuel XVII.
“ With a stone did David slay Goliath,
Without being armed, in God confiding.
By a child the giant cast to the ground,
Of Philistines the host turns back in flight. ”

Woodcut 28 : Keilah Delivered, 1 Samuel XXIII.
“ It is announced to the brave David, how
By the Philistines Keilah is assailed :
Of God having twice taken counsel,
He delivered it by making upon them a sally. ”


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Woodcut 29 : Elisha mocked by the Children. 2 Kings II.
“ Burning horses carried off, & upraised
Elijah into the air in a chariot of fire ;
Two bears from the wood strangled the children,
Even those that had mocked at the man of God. ”

Woodcut 30 : Nathan's Reproof of David. 2 Samuel XII.
“ Nathan addresses to David his word
For the murder which he had committed,
And reproves him by a parable :
So before Rabbah the siege is laid. ”


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Woodcut 31 : The Woman of Tekoah. 2 Samuel XIV.
“ By means of a woman & of wisdom
Joab does so act, that David has longing
Towards Absalom, who in reverence comes
To humble himself, and his father kisses him. ”

Woodcut 32 : Elijah and the Sacrifice, 1 Kings XVIII.
“ Upon the altar Elijah places the ox
And without contrivance the fire from heaven descends,
And to demonstrate that Israel's God
Is the true God, burns up the sacrifice. ”


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Woodcut 33 : Jeroboam and Ahijah. 1 Kings XIV.
“ Jeroboam forth sends his spouse
For his sick son to make inquiry
From Ahijah, who his death declares,
And as she enters the child just then is dying. ”

Woodcut 34 : Joab kills Amasa. 2 Samuel XX.
“ Amasa comes from assembling people of war
Against Seba, & Joab salutes him
Treacherously near to the great rock,
And while feigning to embrace him, kills him. ”


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Woodcut 35 : Adishag cherishes David, 1 Kings I.
“ When David had become feeble & old
There was given to him Abishag the maiden,
In order to warm him, an old man without power,
And for many nights slept he beside her. ”

Woodcut 36 : Hiram and Solomon, 1 Kings V.
“ The King Hiram doth his servants send
To Solomon, with salutation very ample.
Then of him Solomon requires, that he provide
To give him wood his Temple to construct. ”


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Woodcut 37 : Solomon's Benediction. 2 Chronicles VI.
“ Solomon the King blesses those assisting.
Renders thanks to God for promises perfected,
Praying for all who shall be persevering
In orisons, that they may be made acceptable. ”

Woodcut 38 : Athaliah slain. 2 Kings XI.
“ By Jehoiada Jehoash was over Israel
Set up on the royal estate :
And Mattan the idolatrous priest was slain
Before the altar of his false god Baal ”


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Woodcut 39 : The Idolatrous Ahaz. 2 Kings XVI.
“ The King Ahas becomes idolatrous,
In glowing fire his son he sacrifices :
Then when the war against him springs up,
Succour demands he of the king of Assyria. ”

Woodcut 40 : The Ministry of Music. 1 Chronicles XVI.
“ The King David before the Ark of God
Blesses the people, and giveth them to eat,
And to praise the Lord, for the holy place
Musicians, and instruments ordains. ”


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Woodcut 41 : Solomon's Sacrifice. 2 Chronicles I.
“ In Gibeon Solomon offereth sacrifice,
Then prays to God to give to him wiseness :
God speaks to him, & so to him certifies
That he will give him Wisdom, & Riches. ”

Woodcut 42 : Josiah reads the Law. 2 Kings XXIII.
“ The King Josiah to the people of Judah,
Deuteronomy he reads from end to end :
And his country purifying from iniquitous error,
The idols every where he causes to be burnt. ”


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Woodcut 43 : The Genealogy from Adam. 1 Chronicles I.
“ Here one recites and numbers up briefly
Unto Jacob, the genealogy, which
From Adam, from the beginning,
Was under God governed and ruled. ”

Woodcut 44 : Saul's Death. 1 Chronicles X.
“ Saul making war on the Philistines,
Himself slays, when his loss he contemplates :
The Philistines among all their booty,
Bear the head of Saul to their temple. ”


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Woodcut 45 : Tobit becomes Blind. Tobit I. & II.
“ The good Tobit being a captive & old
Was sleeping one day, & then a swallow
Being near him, dropt dirt on his eyes,
Of which the sight he lost, & the clearness so fine. ”

Woodcut 46 : Cyrus restores the Temple-vessels, 1 Esdras I. (Ezra I.)
“ The King Cyrus of God well inspired,
The vessels restores to do their office in the temple :
Then, (as was desired) he permits
Jerusalem to be in its building. ”


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Woodcut 47 : Nehemiah's Prayer for the People. 2 Esdras I.
(Nehemiah I. II.)

“ Nehemiah a servant of Artaxerxes
( Weeping to God, for the captivity
Of all Jews) had to the King such access
That he permitted him to rebuild the city. ”

Woodcut 48 : Josiah keepeth the Passover. 3 Esdras I. (1 Esdras I.)
“ Josiah a very holy King reminded himself
Of the times gone by : & in Jerusalem
Offering sacrifice, the Passover celebrated
The fourteenth day, in the first month of the year. ”


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Woodcut 49 : Christ's Love for his Church. Canticles I.
“ Solomon the King in the book of the Canticles
Proposals of love to a loved one sets forth,
The love, running under words of mystery,
Of Christ towards the Church his espoused. ”

Woodcut 50 : God sheweth his Righteousness to Job. Job XXXVII. & XLII.
“ Job has from God his declarations heard,
Demonstrating to him by his lofty works
His own great righteousness, & rendered in double
Are his goods to him, & worldly riches. ”


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Woodcut 51 : Esther made Queen. Esther I. & II.
“ Ahasuerus while celebrating a banquet
Repudiated Vashti for her pride,
Esther in her beauty he found so bright,
That Queen he made her with great revenues. ”

Woodcut 52 : Christ on the Right Hand of God. Psalm CIX. (CX.)
“ Jesu Christ is sitting at the right hand of his Father,
Who for recompence of his most cruel death
The dignity gives to him of the High Priest,
Who is without end, lasting & eternal. ”


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Woodcut 53 : David's Condemnation of the Wicked. Psalm LII.
(Psalm LIII.)

“ Very fools are they (as the Psalmist wrote)
Who in their hearts say that Jesus Christ
Is not Messiah ;—David so much grieves for them,
That in many places he writes against them. ”

Woodcut 54 : Judith's Vows for her Country. Judith X.
“ Judith having made secret prayer,
Arrayed herself in garments of pomp & glory,
Then went she towards the tent of Holofernes,
For the honour of God victory to achieve. ”


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Woodcut 55 : Judith cuts off the Head of Holofernes. Judith XIII.
“ Holofernes drunken as a beast
Falls asleep, the maiden is on watch at the gate :
Of him sleeping Judith cuts off the head,
Which to her citizens in Bethulia she bears. ”

Woodcut 56 : Of the Good and the Bad. Psalm I.
“ David by the holy spirit speaking,
Of the good man utters the happy beatitudes :
And of the bad man recites that he perishes.
For on evil doing he has set his desires. ”


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Woodcut 57 : Faith tried by Fire. Daniel IV. (III.)
“ The burning oven within, for the king so appoints,
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego are cast
Because they have not worshipped his image,
But God at last delivers his friends. ”

Woodcut 58 : Isaiah's Lament for the People's Sins. Isaiah I.
“ Weeps & laments Isaiah the prophet,
Of the Jewish people the great sins & vices,
Then God (through him) of the people rejects
The hypocrisy along with the sacrifice. ”


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Woodcut 59 : Isaiah's Vision of God's Glory. Isaiah VI.
“ Of God Isaiah is perceiving the glory,
And of his sin he has the conviction,
Remission then follows after the offence,
The Angel touches him, & then pardon he receives. ”

Woodcut 60 : The Waters around the Temple. Ezekiel XLVII.
“ A round the temple Ezekiel sees waters running,
And the confines of the land of promise ;
Of the twelve tribes so excellent
Shown is to him the division. ”


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Woodcut 61 : God's Glory in the Temple. Ezekiel XLIII.
“ Then sees he afterwards, of the great God immortal
The high glory into that holy temple enter :
The length and the greatness of the altar
Comes he by measure to describe and to show. ”

Woodcut 62 : The Sign to Hezekiah. Isaiah XXXVIII.
“ Hezekiah sick even unto death
On the hour-dial had the sign of health.
Contrary to its course the sun goes back
By ten degrees from where it was fixed. ”


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Woodcut 63 : The Vision of Ezekiel. Ezekiel I.
“ Ezekiel beholds in his vision
God upon his throne with the four beasts,
The Eagle, the Ox, & the Man, & the Lion,
Wheels also to turn always are ready. ”

Woodcut 64 : The Plan of the City, a Vision. Ezekiel XL.
“ Clearly shewn it is to him in contemplation
Of his spirit, by vision most ample,
In the coming time, the restoration
Of the city & of the sovereign Temple. ”


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Woodcut 65 : The Prophecy of Amos. Amos I.
“ Against Damascus, the Philistines, Idumea,
And against Tyre, with the sons of Ammon,
His prophecy Amos hath so sown
In brief to speak, & under discourse obscure. ”

Woodcut 66 : The Four Winds and the Four Beasts. Daniel VII.
“ The four winds Daniel beholds contending
From their evil spirits breathing forth the worst things,
Beasts also up to the number of four,
Signifying of the world four empires. ”


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Woodcut 67 : The Battle of the Ram and the He-Goat. Daniel VIII.
“ He sees afterwards a mighty battle,
Between a sheep and a he-goat all horned :
The angel speaking to him explains & relates
Whatever shall at the end come to pass. ”

Woodcut 68 : Joel's Prophecy. Joel I.
“ Joel doth foretell of the destruction
Of Jerusalem, and the priests doth supplicate
To give attendance to fasting & devotion
And prayer, filled with humility. ”


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Woodcut 69 : Hosea's Symbol of Idolatry. Hosea I.
“ Hosea, a woman takes and marries
Of life impure, & by her three children had:
So signifying the infamous idolatry
Of the Jew-people, faithless to their God. ”

Woodcut 70 : Persia, Greece, Egypt, and Syria. Dan. XI.
“ Then doings he foretels of the Kings of Persia,
Of Greece, Egypt, & of the Kings of Syria :
Prophesying many a different war,
In order to enlarge each one his sovereignty. ”


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Woodcut 71 : Susanna, and Daniel's Judgment. Daniel XIII. (Susanna I. 45.)
“ By wrong extreme was Susanna accused
By two old men, but with becoming reason
Doth Daniel, a young child, judge to death
The accusers, the accused being innocent. ”

Woodcut 72 : Bel and the Dragon. Daniel XIV.
“ The great dragon, with the idol Bel
Were both destroyed. And for this deed was put
Daniel within the den unto the lions :
And there to nourish him Habakkuk is sent. ”


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Woodcut 73 : Jonah and Nineveh. Jonah I. II. & III.
“ Afflicted was Jonah by sudden tempest
And sent over to Nineveh to preach,
Three days was he withinside a whale,
Then towards Nineveh he assays to go. ”


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Woodcut 74 : Habakkuk's Complaining. Habakkuk I.
“ Habakkuk the prophet bearing loaves
To the reapers, & labourers of the fields,
Complains to God of whatever wrong is done
To the good people, by the wicked felons. ”

Woodcut 75 : Colophon

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1547
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Woodcut 76 : “ Matthaeus Euangelifta. ”
Woodcut 77 : “ Marcus Euangelifta. ”
Woodcut 78 : “ Lucas Euangelifta. ”
Woodcut 79 : “ Ioannes Euangelifta. ”

From Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones :
Portraits and figures from the story of the Old Testament.
Lvgdvni (Lyons) : Excudebat Ioannes Frellonius,
France
1547
50 x 40 cm

Woodcut 80 : Zachariah warns to Repentance. Zachariah I.
“ Zachariah all the people admonishes
To turn themselves to the Lord, the mighty God,
And to avoid the dishonourable sin
Of their parents, when each one is a backslider. ”



Hans Holbein the Younger
Woodcut 81 : Signs in the Heavens. 2 Maccabees V.
“ Antiochus on the Jews making war,
Above Jerusalem there were seen in the sky
Armed men, just as on earth they are armed,
Then taken was it by the Jews for a bad year. ”


From Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones :
Portraits and figures from the story of the Old Testament.
Lvgdvni (Lyons) : Excudebat Ioannes Frellonius,
France
1547
50 x 40 cm

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COA
Confirmation of originality of :
Hans Holbein the Younger - Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones :
Portraits and figures from the story of the Old Testament.
Lvgdvni (Lyons) : Excudebat Ioannes Frellonius,
France
1547

COA confirmation from Kunstmuseum of Basel :
Preface to woodcuts series by Hans Holbein the Younger Nicholas Bourbon.
Confirmation of originality of Holbein's woodcuts from book
Hans Holbein the Younger - Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones :
Portraits and figures from the story of the Old Testament.
Lvgdvni (Lyons) : Excudebat Ioannes Frellonius,
France
1547

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Jedną z cech arcydzieła jest jego duża pojemność znaczeniowa – semantyka dzieła jest wciąż reinterpretowana w zmieniających się okolicznościach historycznych i społecznych. Znajomość kanonu dzieł, uznawanych w określonym czasie za arcydzieła, należy do elementów edukacji.


Hans Holbein the Younger
Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones :
Portraits and figures from the story of the Old Testament.
Lvgdvni (Lyons) : Excudebat Ioannes Frellonius,
France
1547


Hans Holbein the Younger
Historiarum veteris instrumenti Icones : Title page
Portraits and figures from the story of the Old Testament.
Lvgdvni (Lyons) : Excudebat Ioannes Frellonius,
France
1547

General Presentation :

Propozycja zorganizowania wystawy w związku z naszym projektem "Arcydzieła sztuki światowej - dla każdego ucznia". Celem wystawy jest, aby oryginalne dzieła sztuki światowej dostępne były dla wszystkich uczniów województwa wielkopolskiego, bez wyjątku.

Głównym celem tego projektu, dzięki swoim unikalnym formom finansowania, będzie umożliwienie wszystkim szkołom z 226 gmin województwa wielkopolskiego (które zamieszkuje 3,47 mln osób) podjęcie w murach szkolnych oryginalnych dzieł sztuki światowych mistrzów - Dali, Chagall, De Chirico, Magritte, Hans Holbein (młodszy), Degas oraz prac gwiazd filmowych. Mamy wieloletnie doświadczenie w organizacji wystaw w Unii Europejskiej, mających zasłużoną, dobrą reputację u specjalistów w tej dziedzinie.

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Projekt będzie w pełni realizowany siłami firmy ArtExpo International Sp. Z.O.O. i w tym momencie nie wymaga wdrożenia jakiegokolwiek finansowania przez stronę trzecią. Oczekujemy jedynie pozytywnej reakcji władz województwa wielkopolskiego oraz chęci podjęcia współpracy i pomocy w kontaktach ze szkołami województwa.

Exhibition Theme :

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543) was a German and Swiss artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style. He is best known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda, and made a significant contribution to the history of book design.

Each of the Holbein illustrations exerted great influence on later Bible illustrations.

Holbein completed Icones or Series of the Old Testament (It contains two works: The images of the stories of the Old Testament and Portraits and figures from the story of the Old Testament). These works were arranged by Holbein with Melchior & Gaspar Trechsel near 1526, later printed and edited by Jean & Francois Frellon (common mark), a French printers and book sellers. First edition was printed in Latin (just Latin) in 1538 in Lyon with printing errors. Second edition (in Latin and Frech) was printed in 1547 and exactly this edition was taken by The Holbein Society in 1869 for a facsimile reprint. Precisely this second edition of 1547 is estimated as classical and original edition of this series Holbein's woodcuts and is presented on our exhibition.

French quatrains under each illustration are of Corrozet Gilles(1510 – 1568) a French writer and printer.

Holbein himself portrays accurate tellings of these famous Bible stories through a skillful and perfect understand of both the content and Renaissance art.

Exhibition :

Exhibition is composed by panels, on which are hang exhibits. A panel is mounted as follows :

  • 1) A hessian (burlap) tissue is suspended in manner that guarantee access from both sides
  • 2) Each hessian (burlap) has window where is suspended exhibit in plexiglass (also accessible from both sides) and Led lights for exhibit with etiquette.

All parts of all panels (tissue, Led lights, plexiglass...) are given by us and are ready to be hang.

Frontal view of a panel

Schema in an exhibition room



Texture of hessian (burlap)

Total of 80 woodcuts, two by two on each side of exhibits. Exhibits are incrusted in window of each hessian (burlap) on 21 panels in total. Size of one exhibit is 50 x 40 cm.

Total quantity of exhibits : 80 woodcuts. Those that will be hung : 21 double side woodcuts.

Security and insurance :

Our side assumes all responsibility related to insurance of exhibits of the exhibition as on the period of transportation, as well on the period of exhibition.