Portrait and Counter-Portrait in Holbein's The Family of Sir Thomas More

Smith, David R.
September 2005
Art Bulletin;Sep2005, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p484
Academic Journal
Examines the two portraits of English humanist and statesman Sir Thomas More by Hans Holbein in 1527. Analysis of Holbein's representation of the portrait "The Family of Sir Thomas More" based on the description of Desiderius Erasmus in a letter to German humanist Ulrich von Hutten; Extent of More's engagement with the Family Portrait illustrated in his half-length portrait in Basel, Switzerland; Depiction of the sense of human fallibility as the central theme of Holbein's portraiture.


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