Jacob Jordaens

The High Priest Refusing Joachim's Offering

c. 1617
Jordaens’ The High Priest Refusing Joachim’s Offering shows the artist exploring composition, volume and space. His figures are rendered schematically and avoid unnecessary detail, but he is careful to note the directions of their gazes, thus creating relationships. The thick border appears to have been applied at the end to frame the image, possibly for presentation to a client before a painting was begun. The border defines the limits of the composition, providing a good test of its balance, recession and pictorial unity.
Title
The High Priest Refusing Joachim's Offering
Date
c. 1617
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink with brown wash over charcoal on laid paper, mounted on wove paper
Dimensions
24.4 x 14.6 cm
Nationality
Flemish
Credit line
Purchased 1964
Accession number
9983

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