Jacob Jordaens Painting Authenticated in Brussels – ARTnews.com
A painting that has been on display in the Saint-Gilles Town Hall in Brussels since the 1960s has been authenticated as a work by the Flemish Baroque painter Jacob Jordaens. According to a Guardian report, experts have said that the painting depicting Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and Saint Anne is the oldest known depiction of the artist’s Holy Family, dating from the early 17th century.
The work was authenticated by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage along with international experts who determined that Jordaens created it in 1617 or 1618 when he was 25 years old. They also discovered that the wood paneling in the work came from the same tree that Anthony van Dyck used on some of the paintings.
Art historian Constantin Pion told the Guardian that it was “very likely” that van Dyck and Jordaens were working in Peter Paul Rubens’ studio at the same time. Pierre Dejemeppe, a cultural heritage expert, told the publication that the painting “shows some sort of matrix of what he would do later,” referring to Jordaens’ later iterations of the same subject. After a restoration, the newly authenticated painting will be exhibited in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels at the end of 2021.
The Jordaens painting isn’t the only significant authentication of the year. In August a work in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, which had long been considered a forgery, was authenticated as a product of the Rembrandt van Rijn workshop. Earlier this year, a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh in the collection of the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo was authenticated by experts from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.