Copy after Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, Antwerp 1593–1678 Antwerp)
Red chalk with brush and gray, blue, and brown ink, and washes in the same colors over black chalk; remains of a black chalk framing line
H. 6-3/4 in. x W. 10-7/8 in.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This drawing, most likely by a student or studio member of Jordaens’s workshop, combines two Flemish themes of families feasting that Jordaens explored in multiple versions late in his career. This domestic interior relates to popular representations of the Twelfth Night banquet. To celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings, families would often gather for a sumptuous meal, crowning a man king for a night. Characterized by uncouth behavior, such images often carried a moralizing warning against excess. This drawing shows a more restrained gathering, which suggests it also illustrates the whimsical secular proverb “As the Old Sing, So the Young Twitter.”
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at the bottom left: 904
[Boerner, Leipzig]; [Richard Ederheimer, New York].
Artist: Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, Antwerp 1593–1678 Antwerp)Date: ca. 1640Medium: Pen and brush and brown ink, watercolor, over traces of preliminary drawing in black chalk.
Verso in black chalk.Accession: 1975.1.836On view in:Not on view
Artist: Copy after Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, Antwerp 1593–1678 Antwerp)Date: ca. 1640–50Medium: Black chalk and pen and brown ink, red chalk, and gray wash, heightened with white (oxidized)Accession: 1975.1.837On view in:Not on view