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  • Entry of David into Jerusalem

    Artist:
    Francken, Frans II. 1581-1642
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    69,5x111,5 cm

Francken, Frans II. 1581-1642

Entry of David into Jerusalem

Flanders, 1630s

There is a painting analogous to this, but of smaller size in the Bildergalerie, Mainz, Germany (1630s, oil on panel, 37 × 64.5 cm). Despite their outward similarity, the two paintings differ in a whole number of components as well as their dimensions. Among other things, the Hermitage composition features on the right a turbaned horseman holding a standard who is absent from the painting in Mainz. In his work the artist followed the traditions of Peter Paul Rubens. In particular the horse, executed in a free, painterly manner by Frans Francken II, is notable also for the fact that the artist borrowed it from Rubens's Perseus and Andromeda (State Hermitage, St Petersburg), which was painted in 1622 and remained in Flanders until the late 17th century. In both cases one finds alternating dark brown and white stripes on the croup, while the long silky tail touches the ground. In David's Entry into Jerusalem, as in Rubens's work, the artist captured the moment when the animal is stepping from one leg to another. This motif is not simply copied, however, but reworked by the artist. In his painting, the winged Pegasus has turned into an ordinary steed with a warrior mounted upon it.

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Entry of David into Jerusalem

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oil

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69,5x111,5 cm

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ГЭ-438

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