11 facts about Corneille de Lyon

By Gwylym Owen

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Corneille de Lyon (early 16th century – 8 November 1575 (buried)) was a Dutch painter of portraits who was active in Lyon, France from 1533 until his death. In France and the Netherlands he is also still known as Corneille de La Haye (Dutch: Cornelis van Den Haag) after his birthplace, The Hague.

Although he is well documented as the leading painter in this distinctively French style, because he never signed or old his paintings definitely few identifiable works can be firmly traced as his, with the first one identified in 1962. Distinguishing his hand from the many new artists functioning in the same style is therefore agreed difficult, if not impossible; works tend to be endorsed to him upon grounds of feel alone.

Corneille’s portraits are approximately miniature in scale, ranging from the size of a postcard to nearly 8″ x 10″. Corneille worked in oil paint upon wood panels. The flesh areas are painted utterly thinly, while the greenish backgrounds are painted more thickly. Similarities considering the measure of Hans Holbein may tapering off to the use of tracing frames by both painters. The Louvre in Paris and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art are both great places to testing Corneille’s work. The Metropolitan has a portrait in the Robert Lehman collection, and out of the ordinary in the Jack and Belle Linsky collection, as well as six additional works, some of which are not always on view. Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has two works by Corneille and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields has three works. His Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman has been in the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon back 2014.

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