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Joos van Cleve (d. 1540/41)

Self Portrait c.1535-40

RCIN 405780

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Joos van Cleve was known in Antwerp as a painter of brightly coloured altarpieces; however, until the nineteenth century his paintings were attributed to the ‘Master of the Death of the Virgin’. As a portraitist he was both prolific and talent

Katlijne van Mispelteeren, The Artist's Wife ©

This panel and the one shown to the right are pendant portraits depicting the artist and his wife. Joos van Cleve presents himself as a distinguished gentleman in rich, sombre clothes, gesturing towards his wife as though in mid-sentence. He may have painted these works to mark his second marriage in the early 1530s.