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.•