About three-quarters of Holbein’s artistic heritage is portraits. After his move to England in 1532, the artist in general rarely worked in other genres, almost exclusively switching to the creation of portraits. Most often he posed for men – examples of this kind of work are “Portrait of Bosa van Steenwick” and “Portrait of Lord Cromwell.”
Of course, Holbein also had female portraits-for example, “The Lady with the Squirrel and the Starling,” ca. 1526-28. Often, Golubeyn supplemented the portraits with elements of a still life, emphasizing the features of the character of the model. However, his manner over time has undergone a certain evolution. Many of the artist’s English canvases, on the contrary, demonstrate his commitment to a monophonic background, which is “animated” only by an inscription telling the viewer the age of the hero of the picture.