CLEVE, Joos van
(b. ca. 1485, Antwerpen, d. 1540, Antwerpen)
Adoration of the Magi1517-18
Oil on oak panel, 110 x 71 cm
This painting is an excellent example of Antwerp Mannerism at its best. The artist displays a refined style with precise, minuscule brushwork and delicate, enamel-like finish. The excessive fluttering of the drapery and the delicate architectural caprices, all enlivened by bright splashes of colour, are delectable treats to the eyes.
The young man near the centre of the middle ground, looking directly out at the viewer, is the self-portrait of the painter.