The Infants Christ and Saint John the Baptist Embracing

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1520/25

Artist:

Joos van Cleve and Workshop
Netherlandish, Active by 1507–1540/41

About this artwork

As a center for Europe's luxury trade in the early 16th century, Antwerp's markets attracted artists from neighboring regions. There Joos van Cleve found an international clientele and learned to adapt the ideal forms of the Italian Renaissance to a northern European context. In this painting, the poses and modeling of the intertwined children derive from Leonardo da Vinci, but Joos placed the figures in the flamboyant architecture that characterized the Renaissance in northern Europe. The many surviving version of this composition attest to its popularity. This one is unique because it includes the arms of its first owner. He was Pompejus Occo (1483-1537), the Amsterdam representative of the powerful German banking firm of Fugger.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 207

Artist

Joos van Cleve

Title

The Infants Christ and Saint John the Baptist Embracing

Origin

Holland

Date

1520–1535

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Inscribed: Coats of arms of Occo (at top of arch, left) and Claes (at top of arch, right)

Dimensions

29 7/16 × 22 11/16 in. (74.7 × 57.6 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1975.136

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