Today in the Middle Ages: October 7, 1543

Hans Holbein the Younger, the northern Renaissance portraitist who painted many Tudor notables including Henry VIII and at least two of his wives, died on October 7, 1543.

Holbein was the son of a painter, Hans Holbein the Elder. He was born in Bavaria, studied in Basel, where he met the great Dutch humanist Erasmus, and ended up at the English court. His portraits of Sir Thomas More, King Henry VIII, and Jane Seymour provide the iconographic images by which they are remembered today. His painting of Anne Boleyn, on the other hand, was probably destroyed after her conviction for treason.

For many images of Holbein's works, follow the link below.