Jordaens 1593-1678 the pride of Antwerp

Jordaens 1593-1678, la gloire d’Anvers

Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, 75008
Admission: EUR 11 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 19/01/2014
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Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 2100
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
The late opening on Friday is for the exhibitions only. Closed on 1st May, 14th July, 15th August, 25th December.
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Of the three greats of 17th-century Flemish painting – Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens – Jordaens is perhaps the least known in France, having never had a major retrospective in this country. Now, the Petit Palais is taking on the challenge: in the field of classical painting Jordaens: the Pride of Antwerp is set to be the major event of the upcoming Paris exhibition season.

Backed up by superb scenography and numerous loans of remarkable works from leading French and International museums, this retrospective will restore Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678) to his rightful place as the pride of Antwerp.

Still hard at work more than thirty years after Rubens' death in 1640, Jordaens’ long career and the ability to turn out sizable, dazzling canvases with the assistance of a rigorously organised workshop, saw him provide a whole section of Europe with altar paintings and large, mythological compositions. At a time when Antwerp was in decline as the Continent's economic capital, Jordaens kept its prestige alive with the sheer abundance and colourfulness of his artistic output.

On loan from collections not only in Belgium, but also in Russia, America, Sweden, Hungary, Jerusalem, Madrid and Vienna, the 120 works on show at the Petit Palais are an eloquent testimony to the extent and variety of his inspiration: from family portraits to large religious works, from the famous Flemish Proverbs series to banquet scenes, such as The King Drinks and tapestry cartoons. Here, we see a bourgeois man who hardly ever left his home city drawing on a host of sources ranging from Rubens to Caravaggio, the Venetian Renaissance masters and the heritage of antiquity, and combining them with the personal verve that won him international renown.

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