• Scourging of Paul and Silas

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    black chalk, sanguine, pen and brush brown tone
    Dimensions:
    57х55 см

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Scourging of Paul and Silas

Flanders, mid-1650s

This is a depiction of an episode in the life of Saint Paul during his second missionary journey, when the apostle and his companion Saint Silas (Silvanus) were sentenced to be publicly flogged on the main square of the Macedonian city of Philippi. Jordaens choice of this rarely depicted subject was connected with his work in the mid-1650s on an Acts of the Apostles series of tapestries that has not survived. The drawing is evidence of a step-by-step creative development of the concept. The central group of personages here was drawn on one sheet of paper that the artist then extended with further pieces below and on the left and right. Certain elements of the depiction run over from those supplementary margins onto the central sheet, where they are clearly later additions in a different technique. The piece at the top was probably the last to be added. Semicircular areas had to be cut out from its lower edge to accommodate the heads of personages in the existing composition. We cannot exclude the possibility that the artist enlisted the help of one of his pupils for the work on such a large and thoroughly executed modello (the somewhat dry drawing of the architectural details, for example, may well be the work of an assistant). The depiction of personages, however, shows the master’s recognizable manner and characteristic technical devices. The unexpected, at times paradoxical transitions from black chalk to sanguine, the expert handling of tone, and the precise, energetic accents added in brown bistre with both pen and brush allow the positive identification of Jordaens’s own hand.

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Scourging of Paul and Silas

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black chalk, sanguine, pen and brush brown tone

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57х55 см

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ОР-25588

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