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Title Portrait of a Gentleman in a Landscape
Collection Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge
Artist Attributed to manner of Cleve, Joos van (South Netherlandish painter, died 1540 or 1541)
Attributed to Jacobsz., Dirck (Dutch painter, ca. 1497-1567)
Previously attributed to Flemish School
Previously attributed to German School
Date Earliest about 1520
Date Latest about 1600
Description Joos van Cleve, also known as Joos van der Beke and Joos van Cleef, painted religious subjects and portraits. He is first documented as living in Antwerp in 1511. After 1529 he visited France and painted King Francis I and his wife Eleonore of Austria. In this particular work there is little or no contrast of light and shadow to create form in the face of the sitter and as a result the painting appears very flat, and the landscape and portrait elements appear quite disjointed. A landscape background to his portraits was unusual for Cleve. However, a work not dissimilar to this, which was previously attributed to Cleve in the Lee collection at the Courtauld Institute entitled Portrait of a Man, has now been attributed to Dirck Jacobsz after the cleaning of another work formerly called Scorel in Christ Church, Oxford revealed a very similar background landscape. The Bury work also seems much closer to this artist's work than it does to Joos van Cleve, who tended to reserve landscape backgrounds for his religious subjects rather than his portraits.
Current Accession Number ASTAC:1932.5
Subject portrait (male); landscape
Measurements 52.0 x 44 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. F. Cheetham 1932.
Principal Exhibitions Presents from the Past, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery (touring), 1978; Medieval and Early Renaissance Treasures in the North West, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1976
Notes When this work entered the Astley Cheetham collection it was described as 16th century German School. During the exhibition at Bolton, 1978 it was described as 16th century Flemish school. This work has more recently been attributed to Joos van Cleve. For further information on Cleve see: Hand, John, Oliver. Joos Van Cleeve: The Complete Paintings, Yale University Press, 2004. The cradle which has been applied to the back of the panel, is stamped uc, 'F Leedham'.
Rights Owner Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard



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