Jan Steen’s Old Testament Scenes
Jan Steen is one of the most engaging and brilliant artists of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Best known for humourous, gently moralising scenes of everyday life, he also produced some 70 remarkable paintings narrating scenes from the Bible and classical mythology and history.
This innovative exhibition puts into context the Barber’s own Steen masterpiece, The Wrath of Ahasuerus, and features important paintings, drawings and prints lent by collections in the UK, Europe and the US. It explores the emerging Dutch nation’s links and associations with the Biblical Israelites, the connections of these paintings with contemporary Dutch theatre, and the Barber painting’s fascinating history.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, available from the Barber Institute’s gift shop.