Jordaens – Pride of Antwerp at the Petit Palais – Paris

Jordaens – Pride of Antwerp at the Petit Palais – Paris

September 19, 2013 through January 19, 2014 – In one of Paris’s most anticipated fall exhibitions, 120 exceptional works from major public and private collections around the world are gathered together for, “Jordaens – 1593 to 1678 – Pride of Antwerp,” constituting the first major French retrospective dedicated to Jacob Jordaens who along with Rubens and Van Dyck defined the Golden Age of classical, Flemish, seventeenth century painting. Featuring masterpieces such as, “The Holy Family” from 1628 on loan from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, “The King Drinks,” from 1640 on loan from the Royal Museum in Brussels and, “The Rape of Europa,” from 1643 on loan from the Prado in Madrid, the exhibition celebrates Jordaens’s colorful palette and extraordinary ability to turn out monumental, dazzling canvases over a decades long career, from altar paintings to mythological compositions and family portraits to tapestry cartoons.

An eloquent testimony to the extent and variety of his inspiration, the exhibition also provides visitors access to stories behind the works and to Jordaens’s trade secrets such as the role that rigorously organized workshops of apprentice artists he oversaw played in a painting’s creation. Ultimately the presentation offers not only gorgeous paintings but the fascinating portrait of a man who although he hardly ever left his home city of Antwerp, drew upon on a host of sources ranging from Rubens to Caravaggio to the Venetian Renaissance masters to the heritage of antiquity, combining them with an imagination and personal artistic genius to create an oeuvre of beauty and style that has easily withstood the test of time.

"The King Drinks" (1640) - Jordaens

“The King Drinks” (1640) – Jordaens

Official Exhibition Site


Petit Palais Museum

(Musée du Petit Palais)

Avenue Winston Churchill

75008 Paris, France

(1) 53-43-40-00


September 19, 2013 through January 19, 2014



Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ticket office closes at 5 p.m.

Late night openings until 8 p.m. on Thursdays for temporary exhibitions only.

Closed on Mondays and public holidays.



11€ for an adult ticket.

8€ for a senior ticket (60 and over).

5.50€ for a student ticket (14 to 26).

Free for children (13 and under).

Entry to the Petit Palais permanent collection is free.


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