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Adoration of the Shepherds

Adoration of the Shepherds

Jacob Jordaens (I) (in circa 1617-1618)

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Jordaens often made use of contrasts of light and shade to create dramatic effects. Via Rubens, who had been in Italy, he was influenced by Caravaggio’s nocturnal scenes and chiaroscuro. The drawing is a composition study for a painting (now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon), in which Jordaens left out the curtain and the figure in front of it. The engraver Marinus van der Goes made a print after the painting, in which the image is mirrored.

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Title Adoration of the Shepherds
Material and technique Red and black chalk, brush in brown, brown and blue-grey wash, heightened with white
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 207 mm
Width 167 mm
Artists Tekenaar: Jacob Jordaens (I)
Accession number MB 5007 recto (PK)
Credits Legaat / Bequest: F.J.O. Boijmans 1847
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1847
Creation date in circa 1617-1618
Age artist Between 19 and 29 years old
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Internal exhibitions Rubens, Jordaens, Van Dyck en tijdgenoten (2001)
De Collectie Twee - wissel II, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jacob Jordaens (I)

Antwerpen 1593 - Antwerpen 1678

Jacob Jordaens worked as an assistant of Rubens. After the death of Rubens, Jordaens completed a number of paintings that were intended for Spain. The influence...

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