Portrait of François Ier (1494-1547), king of France from 1515 to 1547

François Ier - Jean Clouet © RMN
Circa 1515 - Attributed to Jean Clouet - (Bruxelles, around 1475/1485-Paris, 1540/1541
François Ier - Jean Clouet © RMN

Jean Clouet, known as Janet, probably died in 1541; his son François, also nicknamed Janet and whose work has often been confused with that of his father, succeeded him in his duties and at the head of his workshop. The work of Jean Clouet consists only in portraits painted on small size panels, the models being presented to mid-body, the faces lit with equal light, the hands raised in the foreground. Corneille of Lyon is a green background portrait specialist, which emphasize the character represented. All of them practiced a very intimist and realistic portraiture art, where the model does not look at the audience. Chantilly also preserves more than three hundred and sixty drawn portraits from the sixteenth century, among which a large number of preparatory drawings for the paintings exhibited in the Clouet room.