Head of a Woman

Object Details

Title:

Head of a Woman

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, 1593 - 1678)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

about 1635

Medium:

Black and red chalk, brush and dark brown wash with white gouache heightening

Dimensions:

25.2 x 18.7 cm (9 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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To create a dynamic composition out of a single head, Jacob Jordaens used two colors of chalk plus bodycolor and a wash. The young woman's broad face fills the sheet squarely, with her eyes demurely cast down and lips pursed. Bold red chalk hatching suggests the ruddy color of her cheeks, while curving strokes of black chalk layered with lines of wash form her wispy hair. Dark areas of wash around her eyes give them depth. Throughout his career, Jordaens made many such studies of heads drawn from life, of his wife and of other women.

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (64)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (76)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Flemish Drawings of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (August 29 to November 12, 1995) (76)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 29 to November 12, 1995
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders (August 29 to October 22, 2000) (76)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 29 to October 22, 2000
Casting Characters: Portraits and Studies of Heads (November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004) (76)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015) (76)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015