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Feast of Saint George

  • oil paint, panel
  • 79.1 x 107.4 cm
  • Inv. 1952-F

Public Domain

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Gillis Mostaert, who was the twin brother of Frans Mostaert and a pupil of Jan Mandijn of Antwerp, was a prolific and very popular artist in his time. Very few of his works are still known today, however. Mostaert was a contemporary of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and painted according to his tradition. The Feast of St George is a good example of this. This fair was held in the week of the Feast of St George and was extremely popular for many years. Tribute was paid to St George as a helper in times of need and as the patron saint of knights and archers. We can see that the painting refers to these village festivities by the flag near the tavern on the right of the panel, which was probably the regular meeting place of the archers gild. In the foreground we see a group of market vendors extolling the virtues of their wares. In the centre background we see a man and a woman beating one another. In addition to being a rich source of information about the morals and customs of the time, a genre work like this also has a moral message: alcoholism and debauched behaviour often result in violence and moral decay.


Gillis I Mostaert RKD
Hulst 1528 - Antwerp 1598
painters (artists)AAT

Title Feast of Saint George
Period 16th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1952-F
Acquisition credit long-term loan
Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1952-F
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/2312/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300236227 townscapes (representations) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11Q712 church (exterior) Iconclass
11Q7121(TOWER) parts of church exterior and annexes: tower Iconclass
11Q751 (public) prayer Iconclass
11QQ7121(CHAPEL) parts of church exterior and annexes: chapel - QQ - small church, chapel Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
25F animals Iconclass
25F2 mammals Iconclass
25G1 plants (in general) Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I144 square, place, circus, etc. Iconclass
25I2 village Iconclass
25I22 prospect of village, silhouette of village Iconclass
25I241 village street Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
31A2711 walking Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31B6235 speaking Iconclass
31D112 child Iconclass
31D1121 tot, toddler ~ the ages of man Iconclass
31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
41A housing Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A14 urban housing Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A723 bench Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41A775 wooden container: barrel, cask Iconclass
41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket Iconclass
41C nutrition, nourishment Iconclass
41C1 eating and drinking Iconclass
41C11 eating Iconclass
41C12 drinking Iconclass
41C31 table-ware Iconclass
41C313 spoon Iconclass
41C323 glass, rummer Iconclass
41C326 jar, jug (used as drinking-vessel) Iconclass
41C341 dish, plate, saucer Iconclass
41C37 table-cloth Iconclass
41C621 bread, loaf Iconclass
41C653(APPLE) fruit (APPLE) Iconclass
41D221 head-gear Iconclass
41D221(CAP) head-gear: cap Iconclass
41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat Iconclass
41D221(HEADSCARF) head-gear (HEADSCARF) Iconclass
41D2656 belt, girdle, waistband Iconclass
41D267 purse, money-bag Iconclass
43A festivities Iconclass
43A3 pleasure fair and circus Iconclass
43C9 dancing Iconclass
44A31 banner, standard (as symbol of the state, etc.) Iconclass
45B the soldier; the soldier's life Iconclass
46A14 farmers Iconclass
46AA14 farmers - AA - female farmer, farmer's wife Iconclass
46B111 stall, booth (~ market) Iconclass
46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
46C145 (farm) wagon, freight wagon, cart Iconclass
48C7354 bagpipe, musette Iconclass
48C75 making music; musician with instrument Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
Gillis und Frans Mostaert / Heinrich Gerhard Franz. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (dl. 1, p. 234; dl. 2, p. 329)
Gillis Mostaert / André A. Moerman. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 11)
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. 130-131 (ill.))
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