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Hans Holbein the Elder

Self portrait
Hans Holbein (1460 - 1524) was a German painter.

Hans Holbein the Elder (around 1460/5-1524) was born in Augsburg, Bavaria and died in Isenheim, Alsace. He and his brother Sigismund Holbein painted religious works in the late Gothic style. Hans the Elder was a pioneer and leader in the transformation of German art from the Gothic to the Renaissance style.

His sons Hans Holbein the Younger and Ambrosius Holbein had their first painting lessons from him.