Hans Holbein the Younger (German, 1497/98–1543) | Margaret More (1505–1544), Wife of William Roper | 50.69.2

Hans Holbein the Younger (German, 1497/98–1543). Margaret More (1505–1544), Wife of William Roper, 1535–36. Vellum laid on playing card; Diameter 1 3/4 in. (45 mm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1950 (50.69.2)

In Miniature

August 29–December 31, 2014

This exhibition comprises two groups of portrait miniatures: British, from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and French, from the revolutionary period to the Empire. Also included are several eighteenth-century French gold boxes decorated with narratives or scenes in grisaille. All are from the Museum's permanent collection and, because of their sensitivity to light, are infrequently exhibited. Six larger paintings are exhibited in order to consider what they may share with the miniatures and to show how they differ.