Painting: A Particularity of Flesh

Born in another age or in another country, Jacob Jordaens might have been considered a great painter. But the Low Countries in the 1600s, in spite of wars with Spain and brutal religious repression, saw the flowering of one incomparable painter after another—Vermeer and Rembrandt in Holland, Rubens and Van Dyck in Flanders. As a result, Jordaens passed into history as something of an also-ran. Now, thanks to a splendrous 315-work display of paintings, tapestries, drawings and prints at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Jordaens is finally getting the kind of...

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