20 Works, Today, May 19th. is Jacob Jordaens’ day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #137

Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, 1593–1678)
The Ferry Boat to Antwerp, c. c. 1623

Oil on canvas
280 x 467 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

The right side of the huge painting contains the biblical scene of the Tribute Money: apostle Peter on the lake at Capernaum miraculously finds a coin in the mouth of the first fish to bite. The coin allows Jesus and his disciples to pay compulsory tribute money to the temple in Jerusalem. The ferryboat, heavily loaded with animals and passengers of all ages and nationalities, takes up the greater part of the canvas. More on this painting

Jacob (Jacques) Jordaens (19 May 1593–18 October 1678) was a Flemish painter, draughtsman and tapestry designer known for his history paintings, genre scenes and portraits. After Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, he was the leading Flemish Baroque painter of his day. Unlike those contemporaries he never travelled abroad to study Italian painting, and his career is marked by an indifference to their intellectual and courtly aspirations. In fact, except for a few short trips to locations elsewhere in the Low Countries, he remained in Antwerp his entire life…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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