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Woodland with Saint Jerome

  • oil paint, panel
  • 50 x 83.7 cm
  • Inv. 1991-B

Public Domain

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After the fall of Antwerp, Gilles III van Coninxloo was forced to leave the city of his birth in 1585. He fled to Frankenthal via Zeeland, where other landscape painters were working. Later, he settled in Amsterdam, where he was already regarded as an innovator in his own lifetime. He exchanged the three-tonal composition (brown, green and blue) for more complex schemes based on carefully thought-out contrasts between light and shade. With fluid brushstrokes, he painted woodland scenes with exceptional light effects, many of which have a romantic and, at times, even a fantastic character. Jerome is one of the most frequently depicted saints in Flemish art. His reclusive existence and introspective attitude inspired many artists, but his discrete presence in the landscape also made him a favourite subject of the earliest landscape painters.


Gillis III van Coninxloo RKD
Antwerp 1544 - Amsterdam 1607
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Title Woodland with Saint Jerome
Period 16th century
17th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1991-B
Acquisition credit long-term loan
Huis van Alijn
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1991-B
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/3689/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11H(JEROME) the monk and hermit Jerome (Hieronymus); possible attributes: book, cardinal's hat, crucifix, hour-glass, lion, skull, stone Iconclass
11Q3 ascetic life and practice Iconclass
11Q31 mortification of the senses ~ ascetic life Iconclass
11Q331 anchorite, hermit Iconclass
11Q751 (public) prayer Iconclass
11Q7511 pater noster ~ (public) prayer Iconclass
22 natural phenomena Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25G31 shrubs Iconclass
25H15 forest, wood Iconclass
25H153 bush, shrubs ~ forest Iconclass
46C11 road, path Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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. 68-69 (ill.))
onder vrienden : 225 jaar verzamelaars rond het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 25.11.2023 - 28.04.2024) / Johan De Smet, Frederica Van Dam, Willy Van der Gucht, Manfred Sellink. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2023 ; Gent : De Vrienden van het Museum, 2023 (p. 52, cat. 62 (ill.))
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