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Offering to Ceres
Jordaens, Jacques
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Jordaens, Jacques

Antwerp, 1593 - Antwerp, 1678

Jordaens, Jacques See author's file

Offering to Ceres

Ca. 1620. Oil on canvas.
Room 016B

Crowned with wheat, as goddess of the Earth, Ceres holds a horn filled with fruit, a symbol of the abundance and fertility that characterizes her. She receives homage from a group of peasants, who bear an offering of the products they receive from the earth they farm. This goddess taught humans to use the plow and to farm, to which the painter alludes by including oxen in the work. Ceres also embodies the changing seasons, that is, the cycle of life, which is represented here by the figures of different ages that surround the goddess: children, youth, adults and the aged. Even the beginning of new life is reflected in the goddess´s pregnancy. This painting was made at the beginning of Jordaens´ artistic maturity and is notable for its intense colors, the perfect assimilation of space, and the energetic rendering characteristic of his work during his last years. His preference of popular, almost vulgar types is very frequent throughout his production and is in keeping with the tradition of some Flemish artists, such as Brueghel. This work was first documented in 1772 at the Royal Palace, when it was listed as coming from the Zarzuela Palace.

Technical data

Inventory number
Jordaens, Jacques
Offering to Ceres
Ca. 1620
Height: 165 cm; Width: 112 cm
Royal Collection (Royal Palace of El Buen Retiro, Madrid, “cuarto del infante don Antonio”, 1772, n. 968; Royal Palace, Madrid, “pieza de paso al dormitorio”, 1814-1818, n. 968)

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Bermejo de la Rica, A., La Mitologia en el Museo del Prado, Editora Nacional, Madrid, 1974, pp. 283.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 163.

Hulst, R. A. d'., Jacob Jordaens, Sotheby, Antwerpen, 1982, pp. 119/ lám.84.

Hulst, R. A. d'., Jacob Jordaens, Sotheby, Londres, 1982, pp. 119/ lám.84.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, La Escuela Flamenca del Siglo XVII, Ediciones Alfiz, Madrid, 1983, pp. 100.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 342.

Balis, A (dir.), La pintura flamenca en el Prado, Ibercaja Fonds Mercator, Amberes, 1989, pp. 211.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº1822.

Jacob Jordaens, 1593-1678, Gemeentekrediet, Antwerp, 1993, pp. 102,120.

Buendía, José Rogelio, El Prado. Colecciones de Pintura, Lunwerg Editores, Barcelona, 1994, pp. 430.

Ayala Mallory, Nina, La pintura flamenca del siglo XVII, Alianza editorial, Madrid, 1995, pp. 225/ lám.199.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado de pintura flamenca del siglo XVII, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 624.

Castillo-Ojugas, Antonio, Una visita médica al Museo del Prado, You & Us, Madrid, 1998, pp. 85.

Obras Maestras del Museo del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo, 2002.

Jordaens : the making of a masterpiece, Statens museum for kunst, 2008, pp. 37.

Bruegel, Memling, Van Eyck... : la collection Brukenthal, Fonds Mercator, 2009, pp. 134-135.

vander Auwera, Joost, Jacob Jordaens 'Offre à Ceres' En:, Jordaens et l´antiquité, Fonds Mercator, 2012, pp. 182-183 n.69.

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Rooses, Max, Jordaens. S. VIe et Ses Oeuvres, Ernest Flammarion, Paris, pp. 36.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1408.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 1547.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 1547.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1822.
Jordaens / 1822. Alegoría. holocausto a Pomona. / Sobre un pedestal coronado de frutos, esta en pie la diosa con el cuerno de amaltea. Al rededor hay varias gentes y animales. / Alto 5 pies, 11 pulg; ancho 4 pies.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1822.

Inv. Carlos III, Buen Retiro, 1772. Núm. 968.
Quarto del Infante Don Antonio [...] {14554} 968 / = Zarzuela = La Abundancia con una cornucopia de frutas y otras figuras con varias cosas y ganados de dos varas de alto y vara y tercia de ancho original de Jordan flamenco

Inv. Fernando VII, Palacio Nuevo, 1814-1818. Núm. 968.
Pieza de paso al dormitorio [...] {21595} 968 / dos varas y quarta alto vna y tercia ancho = Pastores con mujeres y niños y con algunos ganados y la abundancia sobre un pedestal - Escuela de Rubens

Exhibitions +

Jordaens and the Antique
28.02.2013 - 23.06.2013

Jordaens and the Antique
12.10.2012 - 27.01.2013

Jordaens. The Tribute Money. Peter finding the silver coin in the mouth of the fish
08.03.2009 - 14.06.2009

Jordaens. The Tribute Money. Peter finding the silver coin in the mouth of the fish
08.11.2008 - 01.02.2009

Obras Maestras del Museo del Prado - Tokio
05.03.2002 - 23.06.2002

Location +

Room 016B (On Display)

Update date: 09-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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