• Old Woman

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    black chalk, sanguine, white chalk
    Dimensions:
    21,7х16,8 сm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Old Woman

Flandres, early 1650s (?)

This drawing is among the Hermitage’s recent acquisitions and has never been exhibited before. Although it has been badly affected by time, the traditional attribution to Jordaens, recorded in an old (most probably 18th-century) owner’s annotation, seems entirely convincing. Both the technical devices and the character of the image are typical of the artist. The old woman with a distinctive hooked nose depicted in the drawing is one of Jordaens’s favourite types: she appears in many of his paintings, most frequently in versions of The Feast of the Bean King and As the Old Sing, So the Young Twitter. However, the pose and the angle of view seen in the Hermitage drawing do not occur in any of the artist’s paintings known today and that makes a precise dating of this work difficult.

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Old Woman

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black chalk, sanguine, white chalk

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21,7х16,8 сm

Inventory Number:

ОР-48775

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