• Decorative Frieze

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    red chalk, brush and brown wash and white, watercolour, gouache
    Dimensions:
    11x135,5 cm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Decorative Frieze

Flanders, circa 1635

This narrow, elongated drawing almost a metre and a half in length is a design for the decorative edge of a tapestry. The ornamental frieze is made up of a selection of elements typical for the framing of Baroque tapestries – masks, depictions of birds and coiling snakes, putti and garlands of fruit. The artist sketched out the composition with sanguine and then worked it up with gouache and watercolour, masterfully creating the effect of the illusory volume of each detail. This particular design was used with minor changes for bottom part of the edging on the tapestries Circe Turns Odysseus’s Companions into Pigs and Odysseus at the Court of King Alcinous (both in a private collection in Mexico) in the Story of Odysseus series.

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Decorative Frieze

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red chalk, brush and brown wash and white, watercolour, gouache

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11x135,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1923; formerly in the A.L. Stieglitz collection

Inventory Number:

ОР-33446

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