Jacob Jordaens

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  • Year of birth: 19 may 1593
  • Date of death: 18 Oct 1678
  • Country: Holland


Jordaens was lucky enough to be born in the age when the painting was recognized as an honorary thing, and the artists themselves became very wealthy and respected citizens in Italy, Flanders, the Netherlands. The epoch itself, completing the Revival, had a flowering of monumental painting. The magnificent Baroque demanded a lush artistic content.

The artist was born in the family of a cloth merchant. Intricate designs on silk, velvet, and woolen cloth were interested in the young Jacob much more than the teaching of our fathers and wailing mothers. Being the eldest in a large family, Jacob was the destined successor of his father’s business, the successor, heir. The boy’s father realized that the older sibling should look for a different craft. Where could go to for advice good Flemish Catholic? Of course in Church with your parish priest. Father was wise, Jordaens inquiring about Hobbies and propensities of the son, the priest promised to be the son of a shopkeeper patronage for admission to study in the most prestigious art school.

The owner of the school of Adam van Noort – knew his job, among his pupils were Rubens and van Dyck. Having carefully considered the paintings of Jacob Jordaens the younger, the master decided to accept a new student.

The new scholar was distinguished by an unprecedented work ethic and quickly took over science. The flight of his imagination was never as high as for favorite students van Noort but he knew. Classmates often used his work ethic and passion. Jacob often did for friends sketches, mixed paint, white canvas. The teacher watched carefully what was happening in his workshop and soon gave up on Jordans to be the eternal apprentice, an assistant, a house painter, decided van Noort.

From the eyes of an experienced master slipped one point – his “hopeless” student laid eyes on the daughter of the master, the matter went to the wedding…

Much to the surprise of van Noort it Jordans began to receive orders immediately after graduation. His gruff, straightforward style of writing, simple stories and the details match the tastes of the public.

The legendary hard work and cheerful disposition also worked at Jordans, to my workshop, he was invited Rubens and van Dyck. This is cooperation at its core was a continuation of learning, creative degree.

Experts complained, the Jordans on his “people” the simplicity and lack of creative scope. Until the death of Rubens and van Dyck it was compared with these recognized masters and found flaws in his work. And Jordaens worked as I could as I wanted, what I thought was right. He was a stranger to every emotion, but fashion demanded the other. Often pomposity in the works of masters exceeds reasonable limits, but the image of the people’s party, life of the peasants and citizens – equal to the Jordans no!

The Church willingly ordered artist’s work to new churches. The work of “the son of a shopkeeper” was more understandable to common people, which was the basis of any parish. Jordans performed, and many other orders, and when they were not writing for yourself… the Fate of the artist’s works was not easy. A series of 8 works for the English Princess suffered evil fate – they were burned in the fire. Many of the paintings were lost, destroyed. But what is left is firmly in place in the list of masterpieces of world art and adorns the best collection of museums in the world.