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Jean Clouet (c. 1485-90?-1540/1)

Portrait of a Man Holding a Volume of Petrarch circa 1530circa 1535

RCIN 404421

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The poetry of Petrarch was much appreciated at the court of Francis I (for whom Jean Clouet worked) but the sitter here remains unidentified. Delicate brushstrokes build up forms in a comparable way to the close hatching in a black and red chalk study for this painting (Musée Condé, Chantilly). Clouet’s technique is in marked contrast to Holbein’s precise single outlines.