Olga's Gallery

Jean Clouet

Portrait of Guillaume Budé.

c.1535-36. Oil on wood. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Read Note.

Jean Clouet. Portrait of Guillaume Budé.

Guillaume Budé (or Budaeus, 1467-1540), French scholar and humanist, author of several works in philosophy, philology, history and jurisprudence, born in Paris. Both Louis XII and Francis I employed him in diplomacy. At his suggestion Francis I founded the Collège de France. He was also the first keeper of the royal library at Fontainebleau (now the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris), and chief city magistrate of Paris. This portrait is mentioned in Budé's manuscript notes and is Jean Clouet's only documented painting.