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Jacques Jordaens

print artist, painter, draftsperson, designer
concerning Jordaens' capacity as a designer of tapestries see the estate inventory of Michiel Wauters of 16-10-1679: enumeration of the cartoons Wauters bought from Jordaens estate (Duverger 1984-2004, vol. 10 [1999] no. 3441, p. 497)
South Netherlandish
Antwerp (city) 1593-05-19
baptized on 20 May in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp; Dirck de Moij was his godfather and Elisabeth van Driel his godmother
Antwerp (city) 1678-10-18
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Grandson of Pieter Jordaens and Anne Faulx; oldest son of Jacob Jordaens (lakenkoopman = cloth merchant) and Barbara van Wolschaten (baptized in St. Walburga 6 February 1569); married on 2 September 1590 in Our Lady’s Cathedral); Jacob had a great many brothers and sisters: : 1) Anne (born 7 May 1595), 2) Marie (born 20 October 1596), 3) Anna (born 21 December 1597); 4) Catharina ('geestelijke dochter', born 20-12-1600, still alive in 1671); 5) Magdalena (beguine, born 25 July 1603- died 25 April 1667); 6) Elisabeth (born 1 December 1605); 7) Abraham; 8) Isaac (born 24 June 1608); 9) Susanna (born 27 February 1610); 10) Elisabeth (24 August 1613, [beguine in Breda] - Breda 21 July 1645); from the marriage of 8) [Isaac and Catharina] Arnolf Frans (born 17 September 1635) , 1653 pupil with Jacob I, 1664 free master, Jacob's uncle Simon (brother of Jacob, his father) (born 25 September 1564) married ~ January 1592 with Maria De Bodt, with whom he got eight children 1. Anna (*15-11-1592); 2) Anna (*18-10-1593); 3) Elisabeth (24 June 1595) married with Pieter Goetkint; 4) Catharina (*20-8-1597), married with Pieter van den Broeck; 5) Simon (born 4 april 1600); 6) Jacob (*30-6-1603), married with Susanna Goris; 7) Maria (*31-1-1608). Jacob married 15 June 1616 to Catharina van Noordt (24 february 1595-17 April 1659), daughter of Adam van Noordt . They had three children: 1) Elisabeth (26 June 1617-18 October 1678, one hour after her father) ; 2) Jacob (II) (2 July 1625 - after 1650 in Denmark); 3) Anna 23 October 1629) (Génard 1852. NB: dates of birth are almost always dates of baptism, which implies that the actual date of birth can be a different date).
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  • Antwerpen (stad) 1607 - 1616
    1607 apprentice of Adam van Noordt; 1615 master ('waterscilder') in the Guild of St. Luke; married on 15 May 1616 to Catharina, eldest daughter of his master Adam van Noort.
  • Antwerpen (stad) 1620-09-28
    dean of the Guild of St.Luke, despite a controversy between the city and Jordaens
  • Antwerpen (stad) 1634 - 1638
    worked on the decoration of the Pompa Introitus of the Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand: the triumphal arch ('Filippusboog') together with Cornelis de Vos in the Huidenvetterstraat (designed by Rubens); worked 1636-1638 under Rubens on the decoration of the Torre de la Parada, Madrid
  • Antwerpen (stad) 1649 - 1652
    worked on his assignment for the 'Oranjezaal' in the Hague; painted 35 paintings for Queen Christina of Sweden (Corpus Rembrandt Paintings 2005)
  • Antwerpen (stad) 1654 - 1660
    painted 12 scenes of the Passion of Christ for king Carl Gustavus of Sweden
  • Amsterdam (stad) 1661
    received the commission to paint the history of 'Claudius Civilis' for the Amsterdam City Hall on Dam square; brought the paintings personally to Amsterdam (Saur 2013)
  • Antwerpen (stad) 1670
    together with his daughter Elisabeth and two maids admitted to partake in the Supper in the Calvinist congregation of Antwerp
  • Putte (Noord-Brabant) 1678-10-18
    Jordaens and his daughter Elisabeth died and were buried in Putte, across the border in the Northern Netherlands, on the Calvinist cemetery.
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
genre, Christian religious scene, history (genre), mythology, portrait, landscape (genre), animal painting (genre)
oil paint
carpet design
Creation date: 1992-01-11; Last modified date: 2023-07-08


Trineke Kamerling 05 January 2022
Naamvarianten Jordaens, Jacques
Jordaens always signed his paintings, as well as his letters in Flemish or French with 'Jacques' [Jaecques] (exh. cat. Brussel/Kassel 2012, Introduction); also see the remarks on this topic by Prof. H. Vlieghe in: The Burlington Magazine 155 (2013) no. 1318, p. 58.

Het Rijksmuseum heeft besloten voortaan Jacques Jordaens als voorkeursnaam te hanteren in al haar uitingen. Zie genoemde bronvermeldingen en de website van KMSK te Brussel

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