#FridayPainting: Joos van Cleve (1485 -1541) “Queen Eleanor of France”

Joos van Cleve (1485 -1541) was celebrated for his traditional techniques of Early Netherlandish painting which was influenced by more contemporary Renaissance painting styles. He was a leading painter active in Antwerp.

Very little is known about his personal life other than he was married twice, and had two children by his first marriage – a daughter and a son who became a painter. Even the exact date of his death is unknown.

I have become acquainted with Joos van Cleve through his paintings. His fame as a portrait painter attracted the attention of Francis I of France. Joos van Cleve painted the Francis I (Philadelphia Museum of Art), the Queen Eleanor of Austria (Kunsthistorisches Museum) and other members of the court.