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Emperor Charles and His Mistress Johanna Van der Gheynst at the Cradle of their Daughter Margaret, 1844

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 108.2 x 80.5 cm
  • Inv. 1911-EG

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In this genre scene, Théodore Jozef Canneel gives us a romanticized picture of the emperor’s private life. In 1522, Johanna van der Gheynst, the daughter of a tapestry-weaver in the region of Oudenaarde, gave birth to a daughter who later became Margaret of Parma. Canneel’s work is sober, with an eye for detail, but unlike Henry Leys, his historic realism is always secondary to the story. In addition to portraits, historical work and genre scenes, Canneel also focused on monumental painting. For example he painted the frescos in the Churches of the Holy Saviour and St Anne in Ghent.


Théodore-Joseph Canneel RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ghent 1817 - Ghent 1892
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Title Emperor Charles and His Mistress Johanna Van der Gheynst at the Cradle of their Daughter Margaret
Date 1844
Period 19th century
Location Ghent TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings Signature, location and year bottom right: T.J. CANNEEL / Gent 1844.
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1911-EG
Acquisition credit bequest
Vermeersch, Gustave
Saint-Gilles (Brussels)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1911-EG
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/508/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300033898 history paintings AAT
Keywords Iconclass 23T27(16) modern division of historical epochs ~ centuries (16) Iconclass
25G4(REED) plants and herbs: reed Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31B11 sleeping in bed Iconclass
31B6212 looking downwards Iconclass
31B6213 looking sideways Iconclass
31D111 infant, baby ~ the ages of man Iconclass
31D1112 female infant Iconclass
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
41A2 interior of the house Iconclass
41A23 bedroom Iconclass
41A3221 closed door Iconclass
41A421 curtains Iconclass
41A422 hangings and drapery Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A7212 armchair, seat Iconclass
41A7221 cushion Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41A774 container of glass: bottle, jar, vase Iconclass
41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket Iconclass
41C322 mug, beaker, goblet Iconclass
41C323 glass, rummer Iconclass
42A411 cradle, crib Iconclass
42D7 mistress Iconclass
46A1241(GOLDEN FLEECE) knighthood order of the Golden Fleece Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(CHARLES V) historical person (CHARLES V) Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
61BB2(MARGARET OF PARMA) historical person (MARGARET OF PARMA) - BB - woman Iconclass
61BB2(VAN DER GHEYNST, Johanna) historical person (VAN DER GHEYNST, Johanna) - BB - woman Iconclass
School / Style historicism (theory) AAT
Troubadour AAT
Catalogus van het Museum van Schoone Kunsten Gent : II: Moderne Meesters / Georges Chabot, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Ad. Hoste, 1932 (p. 41)
Uitbundig Verleden : de Bourgondiërs door Romantische ogen = Amour, guerre et beauté : des ducs de Bourgogne aux Habsbourg (tentoonstelling Mechelen, Museum Hof van Busleyden, 27.11.2021 - 27.02.2022 ; Bourg-en-Bresse, Monastère royal de Brou, 26.03 - 26.06.2022) / Magali Briat-Philippe, Pierre-Gilles Girault, Bart Stroobants, Eveline Deneer, Elodie Lecuppre-Desjardin, Jan Dirk Baetens. - Gent : Uitgeverij Snoeck, 2021 (p. 102, cat. 28)
De vrienden rond het museum : Het Gentse kunstnetwerk in relatie tot de collectieuitbreiding van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (1870-1914) / Julie Landuyt. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 63)
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