Elisabeth and Johannes Baptist Worship the Baby Jesus on Mary`sLap

Cornelis Schut
Material: Oil on canvas
Century: 17th
Dimensions: 169 × 232 cm
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Cornelis Schut, a student of Peter Paul Rubens, a master in Antwerp since 1618, painted decorations for the arrival of the cardinal Ferdinand in Ghent in 1635 together with other artists. He is one of the most important Flemish baroque painters. Maria is sitting in front of a column architecture with little Jesus on her lap. Elisabeth comes to her with her son, John, the later Baptist, to worship the baby Jesus. The two boys anticipate their later roles as prophets and messiahs in childish play. They form the bright center of the composition, shielded by their mothers behind them. The influence of Rubens is also unmistakable in this painting, especially in the lively cherub figures that frame the scenes. The color is cooler than with Rubens. Cornelis Schut has performed this composition several times, one version is in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwenkerk in Temse, East Flanders (Willmers, Cat.No. A25), the whereabouts of another is unknown (Willmers, Cat.No. A24 ), but is probably identical to art work no. 210843 in the database Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorisches Documentatie, The Hague (RKD).

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