Workshop of Joos van Cleve - VIRGIN AND CHILD

Workshop of Joos van Cleve, DATE 1540/1 ANTWERP
Oil on panel,
9 5/8 by 7 1/2 in.; 24.5 by 19 cm.
Private collection

Possibly with Wildenstein & Co., circa 1947.1 This tender depiction of the Virgin nursing the Christ Child, was one of the most popular compositions produced by the workshop and followers of Joos van Cleve in Antwerp. The prime version, in a European private collection, is dated by John Hand to circa 1511/1514

Joos van Cleve, also Joos van der Beke; c. 1485–1490 – 1540/1541) was a leading painter active in Antwerp from his arrival there around 1511 until his death in 1540 or 1541. Within Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, he combines the traditional techniques of Early Netherlandish painting with influences of more contemporary Renaissance painting styles.

An active member and co-deacon of the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp, he is known mostly for his religious works and portraits, some of royalty. He ran a large workshop, with at least five pupils and other assistants, which produced paintings in a variety of styles over his career. As a skilled technician, his art shows sensitivity to color and a unique solidarity of figures. His style is highly eclectic: he was one of the first to introduce broad world landscapes in the backgrounds of his paintings, sometimes collaborating with Joachim Patinir, which would become a popular technique of sixteenth century northern Renaissance paintings. Some works reflect the popular style of Antwerp Mannerism, while others are variations on early Netherlandish masters of two or more generations before, or reflect recent Italian painting. More on Joos van Cleve

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