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Three Strolling Musicians
Jordaens, Jacob
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Jordaens, Jacob

Amberes, 1593 - Amberes, 1678

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Three Strolling Musicians

1645 - 1650. Oil on panel, 49 x 64 cm.

A bust depiction of three street musicians. The first plays a flute while the other two sing from sheet music held by one of them. The sketchy rendering and vigorous brushstrokes mark this as a preliminary study. However, as no known work of Jordaens uses similar figures, his authorship has long been in doubt. The very loose rendering and large amount of paint in the brushstrokes of the flesh tones, as well as the strong touches of white, recall the youthful period of Van Dyck (1599-1641), who has also been proposed as its author. This work is documented as one of the paintings acquired by Carlos IV while he was Prince of Asturias.

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Inventory number
Jordaens, Jacob
Three Strolling Musicians
1645 - 1650
High/Height: 49 cm.; Width: 64 cm.
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Inventario de las Pinturas del Museo Hecho a la Muerte del Rey, Madrid, 1834, pp. 67.

Lefort, P., Les Musees de Madrid. Le Prado, San Fernando, L'Armeria, Gazette des BeauxArts, Paris, 1896, pp. 97.

Faure, Élie, Historia del arte, Editorial Poseidon, Buenos Aires, 1943, pp. 49.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado: catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 166.

Hulst, R. A. d'., Jacob Jordaens, Sotheby, Londres, 1982, pp. 90,105/ lám.73.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, La Escuela Flamenca del Siglo XVII, Ediciones Alfiz, Madrid, 1983, pp. 101.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 344.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº1369.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 632.

Benito Olmos, Aurora, Arte y música en el Museo del Prado, Fundación Argentaria Visor, Madrid, 1997, pp. 156.

López Fanjul, M.; Pérez Preciado, J.J, Los números y marcas de colección en los cuadros del Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXIII, 2005, pp. 84-110.

Enciclopedia del Museo del Prado, VI, T.F. Editores: Fundación Amigos, Madrid, 2006, pp. 2104.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1369.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1369.
Jordaens. / 1369. Los musicos. / Son tres; dos cantan y otro toca la flau- / ta. (busto con manos) (tabla.) / Alto 1 pie, 9 pulg; ancho 2 pies, 3 pulg, 6 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1411.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 1550.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 1550.

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Update date: 07-02-2018 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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