Art by Hugh Bolton Jones
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Jacob Jordaens was a Flemish baroque painter, born in Antwerp (now in Belgium). About 1615 Jordaens was admitted to the Antwerp art guild. By 1621 he had his own workshop and was head of the guild. His talent attracted the attention of the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, who employed him as an assistant. Jordaens was clearly influenced by Rubens, and although his style was not as refined as that of Rubens, he is nevertheless considered one of the leaders of northern baroque art.