Hans Holbein the Younger was born in the family of the artist and it is therefore quite natural that his initial training took place in the workshop of his father Hans Holbein the Elder. Actually, the German painting of the 15th century, its completion and, at the same time, the transition to a new stage was found in the works of the ancestor of the Augsburg art school – Hans Holbein the Elder, an artist who could just as well be included in the history of German art of the 16th century. The early works of Holbein the Elder in style entirely adhere to German painting of the 15th century.
As new features, we can note elements of well-known calmness and clarity, which are greatly amplified in the artist’s later works created already in the orbit of new trends. In the early things of Holbein the Elder, warm and deep colors predominate; Later the color becomes lighter and colder. His most famous work is the altar of St. Sebastian, created during the heyday of Durer’s creativity, – in its spirit entirely belongs to the art of the 16th century.
Correctly constructed figures, calm, clear facial expression, spatial ordering, soft plastic forms, classical motifs in architectural surroundings and ornaments transfer this work into a new world of art of the High Renaissance.