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Sun Dec 13, 2020, 05:08 PM

A 400-Year-Old Flemish Masterpiece Spent Decades Hiding in Plain Sight

Officials previously thought that the Jacob Jordaens painting, which hung in a Brussels town hall for 60 years, was a copy.

Known for his vivid use of color, virtuosic renderings of the human body and riotous portrayals of peasant life, Jacob Jordaens is widely heralded as an outstanding 17th-century Baroque artist. Now, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP), experts have announced the “incredible discovery” of a Jordaens painting that spent decades hiding in plain sight.

Aided by scholars from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) and the Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project, the team used dendrochronology—a dating technique that relies on tree rings to gauge artifacts’ age—to conclude that the painting, previously identified as a copy, is the oldest known version of Jordaens’ seminal ‘The Holy Family’ (1617–1618). Later iterations of the religious scene are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

“It’s an extraordinary moment of emotion to discover an original work by one of the greatest Baroque painters,” says Constantin Pion, an art historian at KIK-IRPA, in the statement. Michel Draguet, general director of RMFAB, adds that the painting “is a missing milestone in the artist’s work.”

In addition to authenticating the painting, the researchers learned that its wood panel came from the same tree used in several of fellow Baroque artist Anthony van Dyck’s works. The discovery strengthens the theory that the painters were employed in Peter Paul Rubens’ workshop at the same time, according to the statement.

Created when Jordaens was just 25 years old, the newly identified work depicts the holy family with Mary’s mother, Saint Anne. The infant Christ’s relatives gaze at him fondly, their features bathed in warm hues of brown and yellow.



https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famous-jacob-jordaens-painting-was-found-hiding-plain-sight-180976508/

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left-of-center2012 Dec 2020 OP
Hugin Dec 2020 #1
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 05:12 PM

1. Leave motel art on the walls for 400 years and it'll be worth something...

Great story.

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Response to Hugin (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 06:04 PM

5. Are you saying it's 'motel art' ?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 06:10 PM

7. I wasn't commenting about this specific work.

It was a general reference.

I do enjoy reading a good back story like this piece has now.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 05:35 PM

2. Fascinating story!

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Sun Dec 13, 2020, 05:49 PM

3. KnR

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Sun Dec 13, 2020, 05:53 PM

4. It's a great story, however, it IS hilarious to have Jesus depicted as a light skinned blonde kid

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Sun Dec 13, 2020, 06:05 PM

6. That's a BIG baby. n/t

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Mon Dec 14, 2020, 02:58 AM

8. yes. all 'baby jesus' back then were toddlers. guess artists back then did not breed.

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