• Christ Сarrying the Cross

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    pen and brush in brown tone on the sanguine sketch
    Dimensions:
    210,7х20 cm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Christ Сarrying the Cross

Flanders, 1617-1618

This drawing has never been exhibited before. It came into the Hermitage as a work by the Italian artist Luca Giordano and was later considered an anonymous work of the Flemish school from the early 17th century. The drawing does, however, carry an old annotation, probably dating from the 1600s, saying Jordaens. This traditional attribution is supported by the work’s stylistic similarity to the artist’s very earliest graphic works that have only recently been identified and connected with his name. They all come from the period 1615–18 and demonstrate the as yet inconsistent manner of a young artist who was subject to a variety of influences, above all the powerful and decisive effect of Rubens’s art. Additionally, in this particular drawing the types of the personages in the scene were clearly derived from Rubensian prototypes. There are also parallels in Jordaens’s early graphic works with the technique employed in the Hermitage drawing: the dense, energetic, somewhat chaotic hatching with the pen, the multitude of supple lines denoting the contours of the figures and the geometrically simplified treatment of the faces. It is interesting to note that four decades later, when working on an altarpiece of The Carrying of the Cross (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1657) Jordaens used this early graphic work as a starting point in his search for a compositional approach, something convincingly demonstrated by the initial sketch for that painting which is included in our exhibition.

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Christ Сarrying the Cross

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pen and brush in brown tone on the sanguine sketch

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210,7х20 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1925; handed over from the Yusupov Collection

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ОР-21517

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