Jacob Jordaens, Attrib: Antwerp, Belgium, 1593-1678.
This exquisite oil on panel of an elderly man is 18.5cm W by 26cm H. It is apparently unsigned with a collection seal and an old Park Bernet Sticker. There is some minor in painting on the top edge of the painting and the panel is slightly convex but not split. It was in a prominent Cincinnati Collection. In 1607 he entered the studio of Adam van Noort, whose daughter he later married.In 1615 he became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke, and in 1621, its President. He painted only a few portraits, among them his well-known self-portraits. For the most part he worked on large and ambitious decorative projects, employing a staff of students and assistants. Born in another age or in another country, Jordaens might have been considered a great painter. But Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck were all famous in the Low Countries at the same time as Jordaens and so he took a back seat to them. Painters of the time helped each other out on the monumental canvases they painted and some scholars believe that approximately thirty paintings and seventy drawings attributed to Rubens were really Jordaen's work. He died in 1678, the same day as his daughter.