Sir Thomas More
Sir Thomas More
after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, late 16th century, based on a work of 1527
21 3/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. (552 mm x 425 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor, classical scholar, author of 'Utopia' and canonized 1935. Sitter associated with 54 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543), Painter, printmaker and designer; son of Hans Holbein the Elder. Artist associated with 315 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Conservation of this portrait has been supported by Neil and Tracy Davidson
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 440
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 229
Events of 1527back to top
Current affairsKing Henry VIII tries to obtain the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and sends envoys to the Pope to seek his support.
An Anglo-French alliance is made between King Henry VIII and Francis I of France.
Art and scienceSir Thomas More, author of Utopia, is painted by the German artist Hans Holbein the Younger
InternationalRome sacked by imperial forces. Pope Clement VII is imprisoned and most of Italy falls under the control of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
Florence becomes a republic after the Medici rulers, nephews of Pope Clement VII, are exiled.
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- Technique and effects of the after-Holbein copyists
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- The contexts for the production and demand for painted versions and copies in the sixteenth and early seventeenth century