Originally from Valenciennes, Jean Clouet settled in Tours before 1515 and became one of the official painters for the new king, Francis I. He painted numerous portraits of the royal family and members of the Court as well as of the King of France.
He continued to paint in the French portrait tradition, while also incorporating the influence of Flemish realism (linear perspective, meticulous attention to detail, etc.) and the Italian Renaissance (light and shadow effects, knowledge and shape of the human body, etc.).
Francis I was the son of Louise of Savoy and Charles, Count of Angoulême, the cousin of King Louis XII, who Francis succeeded to the throne in 1515. Here he wears the necklace of the Order of Saint Michael, of which he was the grand master, but not the trappings of his role, neither his crown nor his sceptre.
His face corresponds exactly to a drawing by Jean Clouet (Musée Condé, Chantilly). The monumental and sculptural quality of the bust and the importance of the hands placed on the glove and the sword demonstrate the modernity of this portrait, which must be dated at around 1527-1530.
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