Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Darmstadt Madonna, Hans Holbein the Younger

Almost 500 years ago, Hans Holbein the Younger (*1497 Augsburg – 1543 London) created his masterpiece "The Madonna With the Family of Mayor Meyer" (the so-called "Darmstadt Madonna") in Basel. The panel, which is often compared to Raphael's Sistine Madonna, gained global renown for its long and complex origination, Holbein's ingenious and daring visual ideas as well as its highly unusual later fate.