(b. 1485/90, Bruxelles, d. 1541, Paris)
Portrait of Madame de Canaplesc. 1525
Oil on panel, 36 x 29 cm
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Very few works can be attributed to Jean Clouet with certainty. A series of portrait drawings, mainly in Chantilly, are traditionally attributed to him. Some paintings, based on the drawings are presumably by him. Some of these paintings are largely Flemish in inspiration, whereas the Portrait of Madame de Canaples (Marie d'Assigny, 1502-1558) is broader and more abstract in its form.
Madame de Canaples was a maid of honour of Queen Claude of France. The portrait was probably painted on the occasion of her wedding in 1525.