barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


PRIDE AND PERSECUTION

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.

Here’s what our visitors said…

‘Absolutely wonderful to see the exhibition realised!’- RvG, Utrech, NL, 27/10/2017

‘Utterly fascinating- a must see!’- P.G, Alderly Edge, 27/10/2017

‘Insightful and deeply curated exhibition. Refreshes my knowledge of Old Testament stories from childhood.’- O.K, Birmingham, 27/10/2017

‘Its good to see ‘The Wrath’ in context with other items relating to it. Very interesting talk/introduction.’- M.T, Coventry, 31/10/2017

‘Wonderful exhibition…Deserves more publicity.’- M. LM, Dorridge, 10/11/2017

The exhibition is accompanied by a full illustrated catalogue, available from the Barber Institute’s gift shop.

Header image: Jan Steen, Amnon and Tamar, 1661/70 © Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

 

 

 

Jan van Goyen (1596-1656)

A Village Scene

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

Zaphyrus and Flora

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Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693)

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

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ascribed to Pietro Antonio Novelli (1729-1804)

A Music Party

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