size(cm): 75x25
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Description

Hans Holbein the Younger's Saint Barbara painting is a German Renaissance masterpiece that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This artwork is one of the artist's most outstanding and is in the collection of the National Gallery in London.

The painting depicts Saint Barbara, one of the most revered saints in Christianity, who was martyred for her faith in the 3rd century. The figure of Santa Barbara is in the center of the composition, with a serene gaze and an elegant posture. The figure is surrounded by symbolic elements, such as the tower in which it was imprisoned, the sword with which it was beheaded, and the book it holds in its left hand.

Holbein's artistic style is evident in the painting, with a detailed and precise painting technique showing the influence of Italian art of the time. The figure of Saint Barbara is rendered with great attention to detail, from the folds of her dress to the details of her hair and face.

The use of color in the painting is another highlight. Holbein uses a rich and vibrant color palette, with warm and cool tones creating a sense of depth and texture in the work. The dark background contrasts with the figure of Santa Barbara, making the figure stand out even more.

The history of the painting is also fascinating. It is believed to have been commissioned by the Bishop of Basel, who was a great admirer of Holbein's work. The painting was created in 1520, during a period of great artistic activity in the city of Basel.

A little-known aspect of the painting is that it was stolen during World War II and recovered by Allied forces in 1945. The painting was returned to the National Gallery in London in 1946, where it has been on display ever since.

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