Joos van Wassenhove (active c.1460-80). Netherlandish painter, part of whose career was spent in Italy, where he was known as Giusto da Guanto (Justus of Ghent). 

  He became a member of the Antwerp Guild in 1460, but by 1464 had moved to Ghent, where he was a friend of Hugo van der Goes. At some time after 1468 he went to Rome, and by 1472 had settled in Urbino. Joos's only documented work is "The Communion of the Apostles" (also known as The Institution of the Eucharist, 1472-74), which is still at Urbino, in the Galleria Nazionale. Like Hugo's "Portinari Altarpiece", it was an important work in spreading knowledge of the Netherlandish oil technique in Italy. Of the other works attributed to Joos, the most important are a series of twenty-eight "Famous Men", commissioned for the Ducal Palace. Their authorship is controversial, and they may have been a work of collaboration between Joos and the Spanish painter Pedro Berruguete.


"The Communion of the Apostles (The Institution of the Eucharist)" (1472-74) Oil on panel. Gallery of the Marches, Ducal Palace, Urbino, Italy.

"Triptych of the Crucifixion" (1464) Oil on wood, 216 × 331.5 cm - 85 x 130.5 in. Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.

"Aristotle" (circa 1476) Oil on panel, 104 x 68 cm - 40.9 x 26.8 in. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.

"Ptolemy" (circa 1476) Oil on panel.

"Euclid of Megara" (circa 1474) Oil on panel, 102 x 80 cm - 40.2 x 31.5 in. Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, Italy.

"Pope Sixtus IV" (circa 1474) Oil on panel.

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