Inventory number
P01549
Author
Jordaens, Jacob (Flemish)
Title
The Painter's Family
Chronology
1621-1622
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
181 cm x 187 cm
School
Flamenca
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (colección Felipe V, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1727; col. Felipe V, La Granja, dormitorio de sus majestades, 1746, nº 439; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, pieza de la misa, 1794, nº 439; Aranjuez, cuarta pieza del cuarto del príncipe, 1818, nº 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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