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Studies of the Head of Abraham Grapheus, ca. 1620 - ca. 1621

  • oil paint, paper, panel
  • 45.2 x 52 cm
  • Inv. 1899-B

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Studies of the Head of Abraham Grapheus is a detailed study from life in oils on paper that clearly reveals Jacques Jordaens expert skills as a painter and very keen powers of observation. Abraham Grapheus here he is depicted aged about 65 years old was administrator of the St Lukes painters guild in Antwerp, an office we could compare with that of a secretary of a society today. A number of Jordaens contemporaries, including Cornelis de Vos and Anthony van Dyck, used Grapheus as a model. Jordaens later used the head on the left of the study for one of his Four Evangelists, a painting that is now in the Louvre in Paris. We recognise the head on the right as one of the satyrs in his Allegory of Fertility in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the theme of which is linked to a painting of the same name in the museum in Ghent.

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Jacob Jordaens RKD VIAF Wikidata
Antwerp 1593 - Antwerp 1678
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Title Studies of the Head of Abraham Grapheus
Date ca. 1620 - ca. 1621
Period 17th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1899-B
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Ghent
1899
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1899-B
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/134/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A222 chest, bust Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31B62 morphology of facial expression Iconclass
31B6211 looking upwards Iconclass
31B6212 looking downwards Iconclass
31D1 the ages of man Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
31D16 old man Iconclass
32A6 physiognomy Iconclass
47E231 apprentice ~ guild Iconclass
48(+411) modelli Iconclass
48B13 artist's model, sitter Iconclass
48C512 painter in non-work situation Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(ABRAHAM GRAPHEUS) historical person (ABRAHAM GRAPHEUS) Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Jacob Jordaens / Grégoire Le Roy. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 256)
Degradation, conservation et restauration de l'oeuvre d'art / Roger Hendrik Marijnissen. - Bruxelles : Editions Arcade, 1967 (jg. 1, p. 495; jg. 2, p. 174-175)
Jacob Jordaens / Roger-Adolf d'Hulst. - Antwerpen : Mercatorfonds, 1982 (p. 110 (ill. 67))
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 269-270 (ill. 29))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 30, 113 (ill.))
Het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : een keuze uit de mooiste werken / Patrick De Rynck. - Gent : Ludion, 2007 (p. 37 (ill.))
Antwerpen - Brugge - Gent : De musea en hun kunstschatten van Van Eyck tot Magritte ; ontdek het rijke erfgoed in drie Vlaamse steden ; de Vlaamse Kunstcollectie / Geert Souvereyns, Till-Holger Borchert, Paul Vandenbroeck. - Dijon : Éditions Faton, 2007
Hoofd en Bijzaak : Portretkunst in Vlaanderen van 1420 tot nu / Katlijne Van der Stighelen. - Zwolle : Waanders Uitgevers, 2008 (IV, p. 132-133)
Jordaens : the Making of a Masterpiece (exhibition Maastricht, Bonnefantenmuseum, 13.03.2009 - 14.06.2009) / Troels Filtenborg, Lars Hendrikman, Badeloch Noldus. - Copenhagen : Statens Museum for Kunst, 2009
Jordaens, la gloire d'Anvers (exposition Paris, Petit Palais-Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, 19.09.2013 - 19.01.2014) / Alexis Merle du Bourg. - Dijon : Éditions Faton, 2013
Een bloedrood barokjaar : Antwerpen barok 2018: Rubens inspireert. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p.16-17)
Sanguine : Luc Tuymans on Baroque (exhibition Milaan, Fondazione Prada, 18.10.2018 - 25.02.2019) / Luc Tuymans, Mario Mainetti, Eva Fabbris, Lucia Simonato, Ken Pratt, Eric Suchère. - Milan : Fondazione Prada, 2018 (p. 12, 181)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
L' année Van Eyck : La rétrospective de Gand ; L'Agneau mystique restauré (Gand, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 01.02 - 30.04.2020) / Alexis Merle du Bourg, Stéphanie Deprouw-Augustin. - Dijon : Éditions Faton, 2020
Krasse koppen (tentoonstelling Antwerpen, KMSKA, 20.10.2023 - 24.01.2024 ; Dublin 'Turning Heads', National Gallery of Ireland, 24.02 - 26.05.2024) / Nico Van Hout, Koen Bulckens, Michael W. Kwakkelstein, Lizzie Marx, Friederike Schütt. - Antwerpen : Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, 2023 ; Veurne : Hannibal, 2023 (pp.26-27)
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