Inventory number
P01549
Author
Jordaens, Jacob
Title
The Painter's Family
Chronology
1621-1622
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
181 cm x 187 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of Felipe V, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1727; Collection of Felipe V, La Granja Palace, “dormitorio de sus majestades”, 1746, n. 439; Royal Palace of Aranjuez , Madrid, “pieza de la misa”, 1794, n. 439; Aranjuez Palace, “cuarta pieza del cuarto del príncipe”, 1818, n. 439).

The scene is set in a garden, where various animals move freely. These and the sculptures represent the artist's effort to reflect a lordly atmosphere. His wife, Catharina van Noort, sits with her young daughter. The painter stands with his hand on an armchair, holding a lute. A dog lies at his feet. Alongside the group, a servant holds a basket of grapes, symbolizing family prosperity.

Jordaens has been identified through an engraving that has the same features. He depicts himself here as the perfect gentleman, dressed in elegant clothing and interested in intellectual and noble activities, such as music. The work must be related with Baroque Flemish artists' interest in dignifying their professional activity, showing themselves to be relevant members of society.

This painting was made by Jordaens at the height of his professional career. It is listed among Felipe V's paintings at the La Granja Palace in 1746.

 
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