• Allegory of the Condemnation for Idolatry

    Artist:
    Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678
    Technique:
    pen brown tones, brush brown and grey ink, lead pencil
    Dimensions:
    17,5x33 cm

Jordaens, Jacob. 1593-1678

Allegory of the Condemnation for Idolatry

Flanders, late 1650s

Two closely connected drawings are designs for one and the same allegorical composition on the theme of the Protestant exhortation “Thou shalt not make any graven image.” A preacher is depicted in the centre asking a rhetorical question that is conveyed to the viewer in a text placed on the pulpit. The wording differs slightly between the two versions, but the gist is the same: “What is better? To make a god out of the image of an animal, or an animal out of God?” Both versions of the composition have a scene of the Hebrews worshipping the Golden Calf on the left and a depiction of an orgy of pagans praising Bacchus on the right. The dilemma posed by the preacher thus quite evidently excludes any affirmative response. The drawings are of different origin. They belong to different museums and are being shown together for the first time at this exhibition. The one from the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow was executed in a rapid sketch-like manner. Evidently it came before the drawing from the stocks of the Hermitage, which displays greater compositional clarity and extreme generalization of the faceted sculptural volumes.

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Allegory of the Condemnation for Idolatry

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pen brown tones, brush brown and grey ink, lead pencil

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17,5x33 cm

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ОР-21169

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