Justus of Ghent

Justus of Ghent,

fl. c.1460–c.1480, Flemish religious and portrait painter, now generally identified with Joos van Wassenhove; also known as Jodocus or Joos of Ghent. His simple, quiet style provides a clear link between Flemish and Italian art. In 1460 he was admitted to the painters' guild in Antwerp, and in 1464 he was at Ghent, where he remained until his departure (c.1469) for Italy and the court of Federigo da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino. His Flemish works are the Adoration of the Magi (Metropolitan Mus.) and the Calvary (St. Bavo, Ghent); the Communion of the Apostles (Urbino) is his only certain Italian work, although he surely worked on a series of panels of poets and philosophers (Urbino and Louvre). His Flemish technical achievements interested the Italians, who must also have recognized affinities to their own art in Justus's graceful yet monumental figures and rhythmically arranged forms.
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The upper part of the walls once contained portraits of 28 illustrious men painted by Pedro Berruguete (1450-1504) and Justus of Ghent (active about 1460-1480), of which 14 remain there (5-7).
13 The "portrait" of Ptolemy painted by Justus of Ghent for the Studiolo of Federigo da Montefeltro in Urbino (fig.
The magisterial Ducal Palace opens up its private chapels and studiolos; the artists that contributed to the city's rich creative heritage--including Justus of Ghent, Bramante, Uccello, and of course Urbino's most famous painterly exports, Piero della Francesca and Raphael--are all given generous coverage.
In any event, Federico da Montefeltro, the scholarly condottiere who ruled over one of the celbrated courts of the Italian renaissance, seems to have wanted an artist who could introduce the new Netherlandish technique of oil painting into Urbino and invited a certain Justus of Ghent. Did Berruguete go to Urbino to assist Justus, or did he just happen to collaborate on the great series of paintings of famous men which Federico bad commissioned once he got there?