“Providence”, Juan Flandes – overview of the painting

“Providence”, Juan Flandes – overview of the painting
"Providence", Juan Flandes - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Juan Flandes
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: 1500

Overview of the painting :

Preaching – Juan Flandes. 1500. Wood, butter. 20 x 15 cm.

   The work of Juan Flandes is literally shrouded in secrets – too little reliable information has come to our days. The dominant genres of the work of the Spanish Renaissance painter were religious paintings, including altar images, as well as portraits of crowned individuals, since Flandes served most of his life at the court of Isabella Castille.

   Before us is part of the altar. Today, parts of multi-compound altar images are stored in various museums in the world, and some of the elements are forever lost.

   The picture presented shows us the sermon of Jesus. On the table is a bread cake, one of those present pours wine into jugs. At the table in a modest robe, Christ with his three fingers raised, according to the Catholic tradition, near him is either Mary-mother or Magdalene, as well as the apostles.

   The picture is very expressive and replete with small details and elements – the features of the Dutch tradition. But Flandes’s personal contribution to the work, autonomous and not tied to any artistic and geographical direction, is a special color sensitivity and light transmission. The master uses bright colors, a lot of gold and fucking, skillfully placing accents and emphasizing the composition with white light. There are timid attempts to complicate drapery, the active use of the possibilities of perspective, which makes the picture deeper and more saturated.

   Unfortunately, we cannot imagine the whole work, but in the existing part we can unequivocally say that it was a big and powerful work.