• Christ's Miracles of Healing

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    gouache, sanguine
    Dimensions:
    50,5x77,5 cm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Christ's Miracles of Healing

Flanders, 1666

The date 1666 that Jordaens placed on this signed drawing makes it one of the two latest documented drawings by the artist. The artist took as a base for it a copy of his own painting The Miracle of St Dominic that had been produced in black chalk by one of his assistants. The master made slight amendments to that pupil’s sketch in sanguine and then tinted the composition with gouache, radically reworking the upper part, as a result of which the subject of the picture altered. Completely revising the figure of the saint standing on an elevation in the centre, the artist invested him with the features of Christ. With varying degrees of thoroughness, he denoted the figures of the apostles present during the miracle. At the same time, Jordaens made no effort to remove the architectural background setting inherited from the earlier version and that can still be clearly seen. The allusion to a verse in St Mark’s Gospel that the artist placed at the top allows us to understand that Jordaens intended the reworked drawing to depict Jesus delivering a man from demonic possession at Capernaum (Mark 1:23–27). The purpose of this drawing is not known. It was probably created in connection with the plan for some altarpiece. The revision of the composition to fit the new subject has not been fully carried through and the drawing cannot be regarded as a finished project, but the treatment of colour is remarkable for its beauty and resonance, testifying to the unfading character of the artist’s gifts as a colourist.

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Christ's Miracles of Healing

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gouache, sanguine

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50,5x77,5 cm

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ОР-14523

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