Joos van Cleve

Triptych. Centre: the Deposition from the Cross; Left wing: St John the Baptist with a Donor; Right wing: St Margaret of Antioch with a Donatrix (1518 - 19)

About this artwork

This elaborate triptych centres around the scene of the Deposition. The drapery and costumes are sumptuous, as was customary for Antwerp paintings of this period. Behind the main scene, the landscape recedes far into the distance. The donors appear in the wings, accompanied by their patrons saints, St John the Baptist and St Margaret of Antioch.They have been identified as Jan Perls, burgomaster of Antwerp, and his wife, Digna de Herde, on the basis of the coats of arms included at the top of the wing panels.

Joos van Cleve

Joos van Cleve

Joos van Cleve combined his direct knowledge of Netherlandish painting with a strong awareness of Italian artistic developments in his elaborately detailed pictures. His refined altarpieces often included portraits and landscapes. Born Joos van der Beke in Cleve in north Rhine-Westphalia, he adopted the name of his place of birth when he moved to Antwerp. He enjoyed considerable success as an artist in Antwerp and also worked at the French court.