Saint Christopher Carrying the Christ Child by Jacob Jordaens

The saint bears the Christ Child on his shoulder, straining under His weight.


Oil on canvas
315 x 160 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,000 ( Total: £9,000)
Acquired in:

At the left, a hermit holding a lighted candle gazes up at the heroic figure of Saint Christopher. The striking illumination of the figures recalls Caravaggio's dramatic lighting effects. From the prospective and proportions of the saint, it was clearly intended to hang high on a church. Jordaens, the great Flemish history painter of Rubens' generation, had never visited Italy but he was indirectly exposed to the work of Caravaggio and his school through certain early works by Rubens, who had spent eight years in Italy. This was an inspired acquisition by the Ulster Museum in Belfast which was building an extension to its museum in which it wished to display the painting at the time.


J Goudstikker.

Venue details

Ulster Museum Botanic Gardens, Belfast County Antrim BT9 5AB 028 9044 0000

Entry details

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