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The Infants Jesus 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.




Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, Active by 1507–1540/41)
Workshop of Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, Active by 1507–1540/41)

About this artwork

Joos van Cleve sold many versions of this painting to an international clientele eager for luxury goods. To suit the taste of his customers, Van Cleve learned to adapt the ideal forms of the Italian Renaissance to a Northern European context. Here, the poses and modeling of the intertwined children are indebted to the Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci, while the elaborate metalwork accents and costly materials comprising the architec- ture are characteristic of Northern European art. This particular painting includes the arms of its first owner— Pompejus Occo, the Amsterdam representative of the powerful German banking firm of Fugger—along the upper edge.


On View, Gallery 207


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Joos van Cleve


The Infants Jesus Christ and Saint John the Baptist Embracing


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


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


74.7 × 57.6 cm (29 7/16 × 22 11/16 in.); Framed: 87 × 70.9 × 6.4 cm (34 1/4 × 27 7/8 × 2 1/2 in.)

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Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

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