CLOUET, François
(b. ca. 1510, Tours, d. 1572, Paris)

Pierre Quthe

1562
Oil on wood, 91 x 70 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The French portrait painting was open to a diversity of influences in the second half of the sixteenth century. Clouet's portrait of Pierre Quthe, an apothecary, is influenced by both Bronzino and Holbein.

The painting indicates that François Clouet must have been familiar with Florentine painting, for the type conforms to one in regular use by painters like Pontormo, Bronzino, and Salviati. The pattern with the figure leaning one arm on a table and a curtain cutting off the corner of the composition is purely Florentine in origin.