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16 Century Oil on Panel Painting Attributed to Francois Clouet

Francois Clouet (French 1510 - 1572)

Oil on panel in a period frame.

Probably Portrate of Princesa Margarita Gonzaga
Size: 10 x 7 in.

Frame: 17 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.

Artist Description:

Fran‡ois Clouet was a French Renaissance miniaturist and painter, particularly known for his detailed portraits of the French ruling family.

He held the office of groom of the chamber and painter in ordinary to the king.

As the praises of Fran‡ois Clouet were sung by the writers of the day, his name was carefully preserved from reign to reign, and there is an ancient and unbroken tradition in the attribution of many of his pictures. There are not, however, any original attestations of his works, nor are any documents known which would guarantee the ascriptions usually accepted. To him are attributed the portraits of Francis I at the Uffizi and at the Louvre, and various drawings relating to them. He probably also painted the portrait of Catherine de' Medici at Versailles and other works, and in all probability a large number of the drawings ascribed to him were from his hand. One of his most remarkable portraits is that of Mary, Queen of Scots, a drawing in chalks in the BibliothŠque Nationale, and of similar character are the two portraits of Charles IX and the one at Chantilly of Marguerite of France. Perhaps his masterpiece is the portrait of Elizabeth of Austria in the Louvre.

Several miniatures are believed to be his work, one very remarkable portrait being the half-length figure of Henry II in the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan. Another of his portraits is that of Fran‡ois, duc d'Alen‡on in the Jones collection at South Kensington, and certain representations of members of the royal family which were in the Hamilton Palace collection and the Magniac sale are usually ascribed to him.

His work is remarkable for the elaborate finish of all the details, the extreme accuracy of the drawing, and the exquisite completeness of the whole portrait. He must have been a man of high intelligence, and of great penetration, intensely interested in his work, and with considerable ability to represent the character of his sitter in his portraits. His coloring is perhaps not specially remarkable, nor from the point of style can his pictures be considered especially beautiful, but in perfection of drawing he has hardly any equal.

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16 Century Oil on Panel Painting Attributed to Francois

Estimate $50,000 - $60,000Apr 3, 2018