Gillis Claeissens

Portrait Of  A Lady

Gillis Claeissens
(1536/37 Bruges – 1605)

Portrait of a Lady, most probably Anne Joigny-de Pamele (+1571)

Oil on panel, 35,5 x 28 cm


Gillis Claeissens or Egidius Claeissens was a Flemish painter of portraits and altarpieces and a member of a prominent family of artists originating in Bruges. It has only been possible to distinguish Gillis Claeissens‘ work from that of his father and siblings after scholars discovered a contract with the artist for the painting of a tryptich. It was further discovered in 2015 that he artist can be identified with the Monogrammist G.E.C. These discoveries have allowed to recognise Gillis Claeissens as an important portraitist alongside Pieter Pourbus in 16th century Bruges.

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