The Satyr and the Peasant (from Aesop, Fables, LXXIV)
Jacob Jordaens (Antwerp 1593 - Antwerp 1678), Follower of
Oil on canvas (68 x 62 cm. - in frame 97 x 90 cm.)
We offer you an interesting painting, the unusual subject of which is inspired by Aesop's fable 'The Satyr and the Farmer's Family', elaborated in various models by the great masters of seventeenth-century Dutch painting, and in particular by Jacob Jordaens (Antwerp 1593 - Antwerp 1678), who delighted in re-proposing it in numerous variants, thanks to his vigorous and typically Flemish painting style.
Jordaens is in fact considered a master par excellence of the Golden Age of Flemish painting, favouring, as we can perfectly see in these particular compositions, the use of scenes from everyday life in Flanders during the 17th century as a theatre for the illustration of old popular proverbs.
The fable tells of a satyr who, on a winter's day, saved the life of a peasant lost in a snowstorm and became his friend. As a sign of gratitude, the farmer invited his new friend to share a dinner with his family.
For Aesop, the moral value of this fable was to be wary of men, often ambiguous, who obtain heat and cold with the same tool. In practice, they are duplicitous or false and often have contradictory actions.
Our work is inspired by one of Jacob Jordaens' paintings, one of which is now in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels, made by the master around 1620, and of which there is also a valuable engraving by Lucas Vorsterman I in the British Museum in London (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1873-1213-588) from which our author must have naturally drawn inspiration .
In particular, our beautiful canvas, an interesting version that can be placed between the 17th and 18th century, denotes an excellent quality of execution, as the photographed details we present here demonstrate.
It presents an analytical painting both in detail and in the rendering of the characters, and the expressive strength of the rendering of the faces, among all that of the satyr, is worthy of mention. The theatricality of the scene, on a par with Jordaens' prototypes, is underpinned by the vivid, intense and brilliant colours and the strength of the light that irradiates the characters.
 Other versions are
- The Satyr and the Peasant, Jacob Jordaens, Pushkin Museum, Moscow (https://pushkinmuseum.art/data/fonds/europe_and_america/j/1001_2000/zh_2615/index.php?lang=ru)
- The Satyr and the Peasant, Jacob Jordaens, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville, Paris (https://www.parismuseescollections.paris.fr/fr/petit-palais/oeuvres/le-satyre-et-le-paysan)
- The Saturate and the Peasant, Jacob Jordaens, Alte Pinakothek, Munich (https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/bwx0jyqGm8)
- The Saturate and the Peasant, Jacob Jordaens, Staatliche Gemäldegalerie, Kassel (https://datenbank.museum-kassel.de/32814)
imm.1 Lucas Vorsterman I, British Museum, London, Satyr and peasant, ca. 1621
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