• Descent of the Holy Spirit

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    lead pencil, brush brown tone
    Dimensions:
    22x18 cm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Descent of the Holy Spirit

Flanders, late 1650s

This subject was taken from the Acts of the Apostles: on the fiftieth day after Christ’s Ascension, when the Virgin Mary and apostles had gathered in one place, “suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” This drawing is the only work by Jordaens currently known on a subject that was popular in the art of the Counter-Reformation. The artist has constructed the scene in accordance with classical canons, placing the image of the Mother of God strictly in the centre, beneath the depiction of the Holy Spirit descending from heaven, and arranging the apostles in two near-symmetrical groups to her left and right, Stylistically this work dates from the second half of the 1650s. Jordaens drawings of that period were marked by a tendency towards the simplification and schematization of shapes that is very clearly in evidence here.

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Descent of the Holy Spirit

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lead pencil, brush brown tone

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22x18 cm

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Originally in the Heinrich von Brühl collection

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ОР-4216

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