Short Courses

Holbein at the Court of Henry VIII


A portrait showing the profile of Edward VI, who wears a hat with a feather and a fur trimmed coat. i Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger, Edward VI When Duke of Cornwall, c.1545 and reworked 1547 or later, oil and gold on oak, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Image:

Dr Richard Williams

10 pre-recorded lectures with 5 live Zoom seminars over 5 weeks from Wednesday 10 January to Wednesday 7 February 2024, with an optional visit on Saturday 10 February 2024
N.B. Evening seminars for this course exceptionally take place at 19:00 [London time]
£395 or £445 with visit

This course is now full; however it will run again in 2025 – please click here for more information.

Course description

Hans Holbein redefined the image of kingship for Henry VIII and brilliantly captured the preeminent personalities of the early Tudor court. This course will consider Holbein’s earlier development as a pioneering German artist who engaged with new cultural influences of the Renaissance. It will then explore his two visits to England in the context of new developments in sculpture, architecture, printmaking and other art forms. This flourishing artistic culture will be set against the backdrop of revolutionary political change and violent religious conflict.

10 January to 7 February, with optional visit on 10 February 2024

Zoom seminars at 19:00

£395 or £445 with visit


Lecturer's biography

Dr Richard Williams completed his doctorate at The Courtauld and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by Yale University. Following this he was a specialist in Northern Renaissance art in the art history department at Birkbeck, University of London. More recently he has been appointed Learning Curator at the Royal Collection and is based at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. His published research focuses on art in England and other regions of Northern Europe in the sixteenth century.