CLOUET, French family of painters
Family of draughtsmen and painters of Netherlandish origin, active in France. Jean Clouet and his son François Clouet were the most important members of a family of artists from the southern Netherlands, possibly originating in Valenciennes. They were the leading masters of portrait drawing and painting in Renaissance France. Between them their activity for the French court and nobility extended from the reign of Louis XII to that of Charles IX, and they had numerous pupils, associates and imitators working in a style closely resembling their own.