Jacob Jordaens

Alongside Rubens, Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678) was one of the protagonists of Flemish Baroque painting. As a young painter, Jordaens may have worked in Rubens’ studio for a while. Although he was greatly influenced by him, Jordaens developed his own style.

The old woman in the work of Jordaens

While Jordaens’ body of work includes a number of similar studies of old women’s heads which can be linked to some of his paintings, it has proved impossible so far to link this study to a specific work.

Having said that, the woman depicted does seem to occur frequently in his work. The way the Antwerp master modelled her face, with visible wrinkles on her neck and face and a blush on her cheeks, turns the old woman into a typical, distinctive and lively character.



  • Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678)
  • Study head of an old woman
  • Oil on paper, transferred to panel
  • Temporary loan, private collection, Antwerp