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Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678) Flemish Baroque Painter

Painting by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensVenus and Adonis

Painting by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensCleopatra's Feast


One of the famous Flemish Baroque painters, Jacob Jordaens was born into the family of an Antwerp linen merchant. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to Adam van Noort. Jordaens later married his elder daughter Catharina and lived in his father-in-law's house. The artist joined St. Lukas Guild in 1615 when he became a fully-trained. He was employed several times in Rubens' workshop, where he adopted the master's style. Jordaens painted large history pictures, genre paintings and portraits, religious and mythological canvases, large monumental decorations. By the 1620s the painter had a flourishing studio with many students.
After Rubens' death Jordaens became the increasingly popular leader of the Antwerp school, carrying out innumerable commissions for Church and Court between 1640 and 1650.

Painting by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensThe Last Judgment




After Rubens' death Jordaens became the increasingly popular leader of the Antwerp school, carrying out innumerable commissions for Church and Court between 1640 and 1650. He never was like Van Dyck and Rubens Jordaens a court artist although the artist created 22 pictures for the salon of Queen Henrietta Maria at Greenwich, and worked for the Scandinavia and French courts.

Painting by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensNymphs And Pan


Jordaens lived and worked in Antwerp his entire life. Around 1650 he became a Calvinist. Jordaens was a wealthy man and remained active until late in life. He died in an epidemic in 1678, on the same night as his eldest daughter.

Painting by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensThe Bean King, c.1638

The Bean King captures The Festival of the Bean King - celebrated on January 6th. A pie containing a single bean is served on this day and the guest who receives it becomes the "Bean King". Three people are recognizable in the painting: "The Bean King" - Jordaens' father-in-law; the woman to the left - Jordaens' wife; and the man with the upraised pitcher, Jordaens himself.

Oil Paintings by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensSatyr and Peasants


The theme for this painting is taken from a fable by the ancient Greek author Aesop. The satyr gets up brusquely from a table to which he has been invited by a peasant family, and admonishes his host for cooling his hot porridge by blowing on it, whereas earlier he had warmed his cold hands with the same breath when travelling home with the satyr. The peasant "blows both hot and cold". This still popular expression means that someone does not take a clear position and is unreliable.

Oil Paintings by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensThe King Drinks, 1638

Oil Paintings by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensThe Family of the Artist, c.1621

Oil Paintings by Flemish Baroque Painter Jacob JordaensFamily Portrait, 1650s

Flemish Baroque Painting by Jacob JordaensSelf-portrait as a Bagpipe Player. This self-portrait, depicting the painter at the age of about fifty, playing the Flemish pipes.

Flemish Baroque Painting by Jacob Jordaens
Three Musicians by Jacob Jordaens and Studio. Jordaens incorporated his likeness in this picture and in another depicting three musicians in which he is flanked by two younger pipers,


Flemish Baroque Painting by Jacob JordaensPortrait of the Artist's Daughter. Elizabeth was the eldest child of Jacob Jordaens and his wife Catharina van Noort (daughter of Jordaens' master, Adam van Noort). The portrait (circa 1640) was painted when she was aged 23.
Elizabeth Jordaens died in Antwerp on the same day as her father, almost certainly from the plague, on 6th October 1679. Her mother had died 19 years earlier.



Flemish Baroque Painting by Jacob JordaensPortrait of the Painter's Daughter Anna Catharina. Anna Catharina Jordaens (b. 1629) was the last of Jordaens' three children from his marriage of 1616 to Catharina van Noort. She married Johan Wierts II, the son of one of her father's patrons, and later lived in The Hague where her husband was President of the Council of Brabant. She appears at about the age of 10 together with her mother and other members of Jordaens' family in the celebrated The King Drinks of 1638-40.

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob Jordaens
Portrait of the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia as a Nun.


The Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia (1566-1633) was the favourite daughter of Philip II of Spain. She married the Archduke Albert in 1599, the youngest son of the Emperor Maximilian II. Philip appointed him Governor General of the Spanish Netherlands. They ruled together until Albert's death in 1621, whereupon Isabella assumed sole governance. In 1622 Isabella was received as a Tertiary in the Franciscan order, and died in 1633. All portraits of her after Albert's death depict her as a nun, and are based on her official portrait painted by Rubens in 1625 - Van Dyck's portrait of the Infanta of 1628, this portrait by Jacob Jordaens, which was painted after her death in 1633.
The buildings in the background are fantastic creations of the painter, they represent one of the monasteries or abbeys founded by Albert and Isabella, of which they were benefactors. During their reign new monastic orders such as the Jesuits, Capuchins and Discalced Carmelites etc., became very active, numerous abbeys, monasteries and churches were built, stimulated by rapid economic growth in the Spanish Netherlands.

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob JordaensPportrait of a Young Married Couple, 1615-20

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob JordaensPortrait of a Lady

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob JordaensFeast of the Bean King

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob JordaensThe Judgment of Paris

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob JordaensFour studies of a Man's Head

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob JordaensThe Temptation of Magdalene, 1616

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob Jordaens

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob JordaensThe Revel of Bacchus and Silenus

Baroque Painting by Flemish Artist Jacob Jordaens


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