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The King Drinks

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This drawing comes from Jordaens' most creative period, the years between 1628 and 1641. The Feast of Epiphany or the Three Kings is celebrated on 6 January. Jordaens depicted the feast repeatedly, portraying a colourful group of people raising their glasses to the king with the toast 'The king drinks'. The drawing is a carefully worked out modello for the large painting in the Royal Museums in Brussels.

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Title The King Drinks
Material and technique Black chalk, red chalk, washed in brown, heightened with white, on paper *geplakt op panel* < CHECK NL versie, staat panel ipv paneel
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 505 mm
Width 645 mm
Artists Draughtsman: Jacob Jordaens (I)
Accession number V 91 (PK)
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (former Koenigs collection), 1940
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in circa 1638-1640
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions Rubens, Jordaens, Van Dyck en tijdgenoten (2001)
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Brown wash > 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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