As the son of Hans Holbein the Elder, Hans Holbein the Younger learned his skills in his father's workshop in Augsburg. He spent most of his formative years working in Basel as a painter of murals and religious works, as well as a designer of glass windows and book illustrator. He also turned his hand to portraits, discovering the major gift that later led to his fame. Although several of his portraits have become cultural icons, he was also greatly praised in his day for his 'Solothurn Madonna' (1522) and 'Darmstadt Madonna' (1525/26). His style was characterized by the late Gothic but was gradually influenced and enriched by artistic trends in Italy, France, England and the Netherlands, as well as by Renaissance humanism. He adopted and spread many techniques, including the Italian single-point perspective or the method of limning.