• Holy Family

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob, workshop of. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    142x113 cm

Jordaens, Jacob, workshop of. 1593-1678

Holy Family

Flanders, 1650s-early 1660s

This repetition of a painting in the Metropolitan Museum in New York was executed by Jordaens in the early 1620s with further work in the 1650s. In the painting in the Metropolitan Museum, the Christ-Child supported by the Virgin Mary is trampling on a serpent that is entwined around a globe, and thus revealing himself as the future Saviour of the World. In the Hermitage version that Protestant motif is replaced by another that also has its roots in the Reformation. In our picture the Christ-Child is trampling a serpent that is not on a globe but on a skull. The skull in this instance is a symbol of death, while the serpent stands for sin. In the context, Jesus is thus being presented as the future victor over sin and death.

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Holy Family

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oil

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142x113 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1915; handed over from the P.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-3337

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