Another exhibit up for consideration during our long-weekend in Paris is Jordaens 1593 – 1678 : La gloire d’Anvers (lah glwar danver), “The Glory of Anvers”. In the seventeenth century, the top names in Flemish painting were Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens. This exhibit at the Petit Palais is the first major retrospective of Jacob Jordaens’ work. Three hundred and fifty years is a long time to wait. The painter’s family, above, looks pretty happy that it’s finally taking place.
The exhibit is possible due to loans from the greatest French and international museums, including Russia, the United States, Sweden, Hungary, Jerusalem, Madrid, Vienna, Rome, and, of course, Belgium – 120 works in all. Jordaens’ workshop furnished a large swath of European churches with huge canvases for their altars. He also specialized in huge works featuring scenarios from mythology, portraits of members of great families, and designs for tapestries. The depth and breadth of Jordaens’ work is particularly stunning when you consider that he almost never left his birthplace of Anvers.
The exhibit is on until January 19, 2014. If you go, consider having lunch in their charming café (but it might not be quite as charming in late fall!)
Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am and 6 pm and Thursday evening until 8 pm
- Ardent Artifice: Jacob Jordaens Retrospective at the Petit Palais (matildabathurst.wordpress.com)