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Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 133, no. 288, repr.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 49, repr. [Achim Riether]
Drawing is a study for the large painting executed in 1663 for the high altar of the church of Walpurgis at Furnes, Belgium, now in the Mittelrhenisches Landesmuseum at Mainz, Germany.
This is a design for Jordaens's 1663 painting (now at the Landesmuseum in Mainz) showing the twelve-year-old Christ in articulate conversation with the elders of the Temple. Jordaens prepared his study with a complicated technique that includes an under drawing in charcoal, reinforced contours in black chalk, and different layers of opaque watercolor. He also added narrow strips of paper on both sides of the sheet that correspond to the strips of canvas with which he expanded his painting. Jordaens thus returned to the paper once he decided to enlarge the painting. His frequent adaptations of the size and shape of the original sheets reveal that his creative process was fueled by his contact with the physical sheet of paper. -- Exhibition Label, from "Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens"