Biography and work of Jacob Jordaens, paintings

  • Year of birth: May 19, 1593
  • Date of death: October 18, 1678
  • A country: Holland


Jordan was lucky to be born in that very epoch when painting classes were recognized as an honorary business, and the artists themselves became very wealthy and respected citizens in Italy, Flanders and the Netherlands. The era itself, which completed the Renaissance, disposed to the heyday of monumental painting. Magnificent baroque demanded magnificent artistic content.
The artist was born in the family of a cloth merchant. The intricate patterns on silk, velvet and woolen cloth interested the young Jacob much more than the instructions of his father and mother's lamentations. Being the oldest in a large family, Jacob was prepared for the fate of his father’s successor, successor, heir. The boy's father understood that the eldest offspring needed to look for another craft. Where could a good Flemish Catholic go for advice? Of course to the church with his parish priest. The Padre was wise, having asked Jordaens about his son’s hobbies and inclinations, the priest promised to provide protection for the shopkeeper’s son when he entered the most prestigious art school.
The owner of the school, Adam van Noort, knew his business; Rubens and Van Dyke were among his students. Having carefully considered the drawings of Jacob Jordaens Jr., the master decided to accept a new student.
The new scholar was distinguished by unprecedented hard work and quickly adopted science. The flight of his fantasy has never been as high as that of his favorite students, but he knew his business. Schoolmates often enjoyed his hard work and dedication. Jacob often made sketches for friends, mixed paints, and painted white canvases. The teacher carefully watched what was going on in his workshop and soon gave up on Jordaens - to be his everlasting apprentice, assistant, painter - this was how Van Noort decided.
One moment escaped from the eyes of an experienced master - his "unpromising" student had his eye on the master's daughter, it was time for the wedding ...
Much to van Noort’s surprise, it was Jordaens who began receiving orders immediately after graduation. His rough, uncomplicated manner of writing, simple plots and accuracy in the depiction of details were enjoyed by the public.
Legendary diligence and cheerful disposition also worked for Jordaens, Rubens and Van Dyke are inviting him to his studio. This cooperation in its essence became the continuation of education, creative magistracy.
Connoisseurs fired Jordaensu on his "popular" simplicity and lack of creative scope. Until his death, Rubens and Van Dyck compared him with these recognized masters and found flaws in his works. And Jordaens did as best he could, as he wanted, as he saw fit. Any pathos was alien to him, but fashion demanded another. Often the bombast in the master's works exceeds the reasonable limits, but in the depiction of folk parties, the life of peasants and citizens, there is no equal to Jordan!
The church willingly ordered works to the artist for new churches. The works of the “shopkeeper’s son” were more understandable to the common people, who formed the basis of every ward. Jordaens performed many other orders, and when they were not written for himself ... The fate of the artist's works was not easy. A series of 8 works for the English princess suffered an evil fate - they were burned in a fire. Many paintings were lost, destroyed. But what is left - firmly occupies a place in the list of masterpieces of world art and adorns the best collections of museums in the world.

Paintings by Jacob Jordaens

Adoration of the Shepherds
Bean king
Four Evangelists
Family portrait
The Temptation of Mary Magdalene
Offering to Ceres, the harvest goddess
Meleager and Atalanta
Drinking king

Watch the video: Jacob Jordaens: A collection of 154 paintings HD (February 2020).