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Holbein in England - Tate Britain

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW exhibition that brings together some pictures for the first time in 400 years, Holbein in England, will run from September 28, 2006 to January 7, 2007, at London’s Tate Britain.

Concentrating on the work Holbein produced in England under the patronage of Sir Thomas More (1526-1528) and later, for the court of King Henry VIII (1536-1539), this major exhibition will include 40 portrait and subject paintings, as well as portrait drawings, decorative designs and prints.

Structured both chronologically and thematically, one section will be dedicated to images of the king and his family. Consequently, Holbein’s portraits of Henry VIII, his third wife Jane Seymour and their son Edward, will hang together for the first time since they were painted.

Like many exhibits, these works will be on loan from other collections; in this instance, from museums in Madrid, Vienna and Washington respectively.

Other sections will feature members of the royal court and examine the revival of intellectual learning of secular Humanism, the turmoil of religion and the Reformation.

Holbein, who was born in the Bavarian town of Augsburg in 1497, was the first great painter to work in England. When he arrived, he effectively brought the Renaissance in painting from continental Europe. He died in England in 1543, from the plague.

Tickets for the exhibition: £10, £8 concessions

For more information call Tate Britain on 020 7887 8888 or visit the website.