Cornelius van Cleve

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Virgin and Child (about 1550), exposed at the Fitzwilliam Museum.[1]

Cornelis van Cleve (or van Cleef or Sotte Cleef; 1520 in Antwerp – 1567)[2] was a Netherlandish painter.

He was the son of Joos van Cleve. From a 1604 writing by Karel van Mander, in which he is misnamed Joos van Cleef geheeten den Sotten Cleef, we learn that Sotte Cleef moved to England around 1555, where he managed to get some commission from the royal court.


His painting L'adoration des mages, descends from the tradition of Joos van Cleve. In general his paintings show influences from Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Sarto.[3]

His painting Virgin and Child is exposed at the Fitzwilliam Museum.[1]


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Leo van Puyvelde (1942), The Flemish drawings in the collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, p. 13
  3. ^ Henri Pauwels, in Dictionnaire des Peintres Belges, Kirk Irpa, 1994

Further reading[edit]

  • C. Justi, Der Fall Cleve, in Jb der preuss. Kunstsmlg., 16, 1895, p. 32.
  • G. Hulin de Loo, Conjecture touchant le Sotte Cleve, in Petite Rev. illustrée de l'Art et de l'Archéol. en Flandre, 1903, pp. 87–91, 115-118.
  • M. J. Friedländer, Nachtträgliches zu Cornelis van Cleve, in Oud Holland, LX, 1943, pp. 7–14; E.N.P., IXa, 1972, pp. 44, 49-50, 72-74.