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The Bean King, Jacob Jordaens, circa 1638

The Bean King, Jacob Jordaens, circa 1638


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The bean king is Jacob Jordaens. 157x211

The Flemish artist Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678) is the author of many paintings like the one presented, splashing with fun and enthusiasm. The master was prolific, his artistic heritage is almost 700 works.

In the work The Bean King shows the still existing holiday "sin of the kings." According to legend, the three king-sorcerers came to bow to the born Baby Christ. One of the traditions associated with this event is baking bean pie in a festive cake. The one who finds him in his piece is proclaimed the “king” and becomes the chairman of the feast, the crown is entrusted to him, he chooses the queen for himself, the others involved are his courtiers. Jordaan portrayed a feast when the fun reached its climax. Each of those present is already having fun on their own, one is singing, the other is playing a musical instrument, a woman is drinking a little daughter with wine, a man in a jester costume is trying to make a speech, even the heroine in the foreground got into a drunken mood, and she completely forgot about her fragile baby, A gray-haired the king, with an unsteady hand, raises another glass. The artist writes with warm brown and golden colors, so all his characters breathe health, and the manner of performance is free and fast.


Watch the video: A Rediscovered Jacob Jordaens (May 2022).