Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy birthday to St. Dunstan and Jacob Jordaens.

"Ow! by dose!!" MT : Happy St Dunstan's day! seizing the devil by the nose with red-hot tongs. Dunstan was famed for his cunning in defeating the devil - leading the devil around by the nose as it were.

 Jacob Jordaens. The King Drinks. c.1640.. 

 May 19, 1593. ANTWERP.- Jacob Jordaens was one of three Flemish Baroque painters, along with Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, to bring prestige to the Antwerp school of painting. Unlike those contemporaries he never traveled abroad to study Italian painting, and his career is marked by an indifference to their intellectual and courtly aspirations. In fact, except for a few short trips to locations in the Low Countries, he remained in Antwerp his entire life. As well as being a successful painter, he was a prominent designer of tapestries. 

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