Jan Rav

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(fl ?1530s–40s). Netherlandish painter, active in England. The Latin inscription Joannes Corvus Flandrus (‘John Raven of Flanders’) was once on the frames (destr.) of portraits of Bishop Foxe (Oxford, Corpus Christi Coll.) and Henry VIII's sister Mary Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk (Sudeley Castle, Glos). It is generally accepted that this name refers to the Jan Rav who entered the Painters’ Guild in Bruges in 1512. He is presumably to be identified with the ‘Jehan Raf, peintre de Flandres’, who executed a map of England (1532) and a ‘pourtraict de la ville de Londres’ (1534, destr.) for Francis I of France, and also with the ‘John Raven born in Flanders’ who was granted denizenship in London in 1544. Waterhouse suggested that the portraits may be copies, painted perhaps in the 1540s, from earlier works.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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