An Allegory of Fruitfulness by Jordaens, circa 1620s.

An Allegory of Fruitfulness, 1620-29, by Jacob Jordaens.
Image Credit: Photograph by John Hammond/The Wallace Collection
The tremendous colours, rollicking flesh and sumptuous fruits in this baroque feast of a painting create a joyous feeling of carnival.
Satyrs and nymphs gather round the goddess Pomona to celebrate nature’s abundance. Jordaens came from Antwerp, where his contemporaries included Rubens and Van Dyck; he shares their exuberance and sensuality.
There is a sharp edge to his art, a realist precision, that makes the fruits of nature look bright and edible against that acid blue sky.•
Wallace Collection, London.
Source: Wall-to-wall Michael Jackson and the potent thrill of the 1930s – the week in art | Art and design | The Guardian

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