Cleef, Jan Van
Cleef, Jan Van, an eminent Flemish painter, was born at Venloo, in Guelderland, in 1646, and studied under Primo Gentile, at Brussels, .and afterwards under Gaspar de Craver. He gained a great reputation, his works being very numerous in Flanders and in Brabalnt. In the Church of St. James, at Ghent, is a fine picture of The Assumption; in that of St. Nicholas, an excellent picture of Magdalene at the Feet of Christ; in that of St. Michael, an ingenious composition representing The Immaculate Conception, with Adam and Eve in the lower part of the picture. Van Cleef died at Ghent in 1716. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.